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Willing to Work

Itís a jungle out there for job-seekers with disabilities! Wilbert Johnson tells us how he was able to get his dream job and provides tips for fellow job-seekers.

  • Topics: Employment, Transition Planning, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 4 min
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October 2018 540 Employment, Transition Planning, Self-Determination

Meet the Deaf-Blind Lawyer Fighting for People with Disabilities

Haben Girma discusses her experiences as a DeafBlind student and how she has advocated for herself and others. She strives to create a more inclusive community by removing barriers for people with disabilities.

  • Topics: DeafBlindness, Self-Advocacy, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 4 min
View - Meet the Deaf-Blind Lawyer Fighting for People with Disabilities
January 2018 5973 DeafBlindness, Self-Advocacy, Self-Determination

Kids with Character: Grit

"Grit is having the courage to do your impossible or to do what you think is hard and to do it anyway," says Nasina, a young woman with incredible grit. Her story will awe and inspire you.

  • Topics: College Preparation, Postsecondary Education, Perseverance, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 4 min
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December 2017 2130 College Preparation, Postsecondary Education, Perseverance, Self-Determination

What is Transition & Person Centered Planning? Making Own Decisions

This video features diverse youth and their family members talking about transition to college and employment and their goals and dreams. A related transition guide is available in multiple languages at https://www.multiculturalfamilies.org/programs-services/youth-transition-program/transition-guide-download/.

  • Topics: Transition, Transition Planning, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 7 min
View - What is Transition & Person Centered Planning? Making Own Decisions
October 2017 162 Transition, Transition Planning, Self-Determination

#ABLEtoSave: Qualified Disability Related Expenses

This video from the ABLE National Resource Center provides very straightforward descriptions and explanations of the type of expenses that ABLE funds can be used for. The ABLE NRC Director, Chris Rodriquez, goes through broad categories like education, transportation, assistive technology and more and gives examples of the type of services that are covered.

  • Topics: Financial Planning, Self-determination, Employment, Postsecondary Education, Transportation, Health
  • Duration: 3 min
View - #ABLEtoSave: Qualified Disability Related Expenses
August 2017 265 Financial Planning, Self-determination, Employment, Postsecondary Education, Transportation, Health

10 Job Interview Tips For (and By) Young People with Disabilities

Need some help getting through your next job interview? Here are 10 job interview tips by young adults with disabilities, for young adults with disabilities.

  • Topics: Employment, Transition Planning, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 2 min
View - 10 Job Interview Tips For (and By) Young People with Disabilities
March 2017 2481 Employment, Transition Planning, Self-Determination

From High School Dropout to Youth Advocate and College Graduate

Lena struggled in school, had an IEP, but didn't even know what it was. She dropped out in 10th grade, but through self-determination she got her GED and college degree and now works as a Youth Advocate for other 10th graders who have learning and attention issues.

  • Topics: Self-Advocacy, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 5 min
View - From High School Dropout to Youth Advocate and College Graduate
February 2017 782 Self-Advocacy, Self-Determination

How to Travel the World in a Wheelchair

Albert hitchhikes and travels the world in his wheelchair. He compares his wheelchair to having to wear "a pair of glasses" and he has been to over 75 countries.

  • Topics: Physical Accessibility, Travel, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 4 min
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August 2016 5080 Physical Accessibility, Travel, Self-Determination

Who Helps You Coordinate Your Health Care?

Teens discuss who helps them coordinate their own health care and the strategies they use to organize themselves. The role of a “care coordinator” is defined. This video is the first in a 4-part series Preparing for Adulthood: Taking Charge of My Own Health Care.

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August 2016 227 Health, Self-Determination, Youth Produced Preparing For Adulthood:
Taking Charge of My Own Health Care

What Can Medical Providers and Teachers Do To Help You Take Charge of Your Own Health Care?

Teens respond to questions about their preferred method of communication for health care information. This video is the second in a 4-part series, Preparing for Adulthood: Taking Charge of My Own Health Care.

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August 2016 183 Health, Self-Determination, Youth Produced Preparing For Adulthood:
Taking Charge of My Own Health Care

How Do You Prepare For A Medical Appointment?

Teens describe how they prepare for a doctor’s appointment. Strategies that work for them include: making a list of concerns and questions for the doctor, having your insurance card with you, checking in, scheduling an appointment and arranging for transportation to the appointment. This video is the third in a 4-part series, Preparing for Adulthood: Taking Charge of My Own Health Care.

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August 2016 81 Health, Self-Determination, Youth Produced Preparing For Adulthood:
Taking Charge of My Own Health Care

What Does Guardianship Mean to You?

Teens discuss what guardianship means. For these young adults, guardians are seen as coaches, leaders, decision makers, record keepers and as the gateway to health care.This video is the fourth in a 4-part series, Preparing for Adulthood: Taking Charge of My Own Health Care.

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August 2016 281 Health, Self-Determination, Youth Produced, Guardianship Preparing For Adulthood:
Taking Charge of My Own Health Care

The Gift of Being Different

Cara Reedy, a woman with achondroplastic dwarfism, describes her life as a little person and the gift of being different.

  • Topics: Self-Determination, Little People, Celebrating Differences
  • Duration: 4 min
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June 2016 46024 Self-Determination, Little People, Celebrating Differences

Accessing the Dream: Preparing Deaf-Blind Youth for a Self-Determined Life

Students who are deaf-blind share the difficulties, fears and challenges they face on a daily basis; but they overcome these obstacles in order to live a self-determined life.

  • Topics: DeafBlindness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 4 min
View - Accessing the Dream: Preparing Deaf-Blind Youth for a Self-Determined Life
May 2016 870 DeafBlindness, Self-Determination

The Power of International Travel

Haben Girma is a DeafBlind, first-generation African-American, and reflects about her first international experience. She says she wouldn't be the same person she is today if she didn't volunteer abroad as a teenager.

  • Topics: High Expectations, Inclusion, Postsecondary Education, Transition Planning, Self-Determination, Vision Disability, International Study, Travel, DeafBlindness
  • Duration: 4 min
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November 2015 787 High Expectations, Inclusion, Postsecondary Education, Transition Planning, Self-Determination, Vision Disability, International Study, Travel, DeafBlindness

Disability Disclosure

This video provides a short introduction to disability disclosure for youth with disabilities in school or at work. It shows a young adult filling out an application for employment and trying to decide if he should disclose or not his disability.

  • Topics: Disclosure, Employment, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 3 min
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September 2015 667 Disclosure, Employment, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

Passport to Possibilities

International experiences through study or volunteering abroad can have far-reaching benefits. Hear four people with disabilities share their experiences, and also learn how the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, a project of MIUSA and U.S. Department of State, can help in preparations.

  • Topics: Accommodations, Deafness, High Expectations, Inclusion, Postsecondary Education, Transition Planning, Self-Determination, Vision Disability, International Study, Physical Accessibility, Travel
  • Duration: 5 min
View - Passport to Possibilities
July 2015 627 Accommodations, Deafness, High Expectations, Inclusion, Postsecondary Education, Transition Planning, Self-Determination, Vision Disability, International Study, Physical Accessibility, Travel

History of the Disability Movement in the United States

A dry but informative presentation by University of Kansas Professor Michael Wehmeyer that characterizes the history of people with disabilities, particularly people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as having 3 distinct waves. Firstly, the Professional Movement, predominant from 1850 to mid 20th century; secondly, the Parent Movement that emerged in the 1950s; and thirdly, the Self-Determination Movement.

  • Topics: Community Inclusion, Civil Rights and Legal Protections, Community Supports, Family Support, Health, Independent Living, Intellectual Disability, Self-Determination, Special Education, Transportation
  • Duration: 9 min
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February 2015 474 Community Inclusion, Civil Rights and Legal Protections, Community Supports, Family Support, Health, Independent Living, Intellectual Disability, Self-Determination, Special Education, Transportation

Who I Am — PSA

The new “Who I Am” PSA features nine real people with disabilities. Rather than be defined by disability, these individuals are the sum of their many life roles — which includes working in jobs they love.

  • Topics: Employment, PSA, Self-Determination, Self-Advocacy, For Employers
  • Duration: 1 min
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October 2014 884 Employment, PSA, Self-Determination, Self-Advocacy, For Employers

How To Talk To Your Doctor

A young woman who is a wheelchair user shares tips for working with your doctor to develop an appropriate treatment plan.

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 6 min
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May 2014 7532 Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

Matthew Success Story

Youth with disabilities discuss how the decisions to disclose their disabilities have affected them at school, at work, and in social situations.

  • Topics: Employment, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination, Intellectual Disability
  • Duration: 3 min
View - Matthew Success Story
March 2014 456 Employment, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination, Intellectual Disability

Dr. Right: The Right Way to Discuss Transition

A young woman updates her health care transition plan with her doctor before she goes off to college.

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living, Postsecondary Education, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 8 min
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March 2014 1018 Health, Independent Living, Postsecondary Education, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

Dr. Knotright: the wrong way to discuss transition

See the wrong way for a primary care physician to discuss health care transition with a young adult patient!

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living, Postsecondary Education, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 6 min
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March 2014 602 Health, Independent Living, Postsecondary Education, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

Meet Nick

Meet Nick, a young man with cerebral palsy who uses an adapted van to drive and runs his own lawn care business.

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December 2013 1908 Transportation, Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Self-Determination, High Expectations, Inspiration Assistive Technology in Action

Get the Job . . . Keep the Job!

This open-captioned video is by youth with disabilities and for youth with -- and without -- disabilities. It is an overview of the right and wrong ways to apply for a job and give an interview; as well as how to request reasonable accommodations, and how to keep your job.

  • Topics: Employment, Transition Planning, Self-Determination, Youth Produced
  • Duration: 25 min
View - Get the Job . . . Keep the Job!
September 2013 51927 Employment, Transition Planning, Self-Determination, Youth Produced

Inclusive Post Secondary Education - GAELS RICE at Iona College

This 5 minute video introduces the inclusive postsecondary dual enrollment program for students with intellectual disabilities at Iona College.

  • Topics: Postsecondary Education, Self-Determination, Independent Living
  • Duration: 5 min
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March 2013 1134 Postsecondary Education, Self-Determination, Independent Living

I Am Thinking College (Even with My Disability)

Students with intellectual disabilities enrolled in a postsecondary education program in Tennessee talk about their experiences at college and highlight the need for more such programs. Developed by the Tennessee Alliance for Postsecondary Opportunities for Students With Intellectual Disabilities (tnpsealliance.org) and produced by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

  • Topics: Postsecondary Education, Intellectual Disability, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 8 min
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February 2013 7793 Postsecondary Education, Intellectual Disability, Self-Determination

I Can Soar: Aaron

Aaron faced “intense technology needs” entering public school, but with the help of assistive technology devices like IntelliKeys, a power wheelchair, and even video game controllers he is able to achieve more independence. Now as an 8th grade student, Aaron writes and races with his teachers at school and plays video games with his siblings at home.

  • Topics: Assistive Technology, Special Education, Self-Determination, Connecting Youth
  • Duration: 7 min
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January 2013 1355 Assistive Technology, Special Education, Self-Determination, Connecting Youth

I Can Soar: Sean

Sean is a popular and outgoing teenager who lost his sight at the age of 10 to retinal blastoma. With the help of assistive technology (AT), Sean is able to participate in regular classes all day long at school, socializes with all of his classmates, and learns and is assessed with the same curriculum standards as his nondisabled peers.

  • Topics: Assistive Technology, Vision Disability, Perseverance, Self-Determination, Self-Advocacy
  • Duration: 6 min
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January 2013 2280 Assistive Technology, Vision Disability, Perseverance, Self-Determination, Self-Advocacy

I Can Soar: Stacey

Learn how assistive technology helps Stacey bridge differences with peers to build relationships and actively participate in her 6th grade class.

  • Topics: Assistive Technology, Hearing Disability, Accommodations, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 4 min
View - I Can Soar: Stacey
January 2013 1452 Assistive Technology, Hearing Disability, Accommodations, Self-Determination

411 Disability Disclosure

Youth with disabilities discuss how the decisions to disclose their disabilities have affected them at school, at work, and in social situations.

  • Topics: Disclosure, Employment, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 4 min
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September 2012 3750 Disclosure, Employment, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services

Youth with disabilities discuss how they use personal assistance services (PAS) and what’s involved in finding and managing their own services. This video is a companion to the publication, Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services (PAS): A Toolkit for Youth with Disabilities Transitioning to Adulthood.

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 4 min
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September 2012 3753 Health, Independent Living, Self-Determination

How Anthony’s Beehive Got Started — CNN

Anthony’s fascination with bees as a child eventually developed into a family business, and a means of providing future financial independence for Anthony, who has a developmental disability.

  • Topics: Employment, Entrepreneur, Self-Determination, Family Support, Career Development
  • Duration: 2 min
View - How Anthony’s Beehive Got Started — CNN
May 2012 363 Employment, Entrepreneur, Self-Determination, Family Support, Career Development

Self Determination with Meghan

Meghan talks about finding her own place to live, and how she used self-determination to assist in her search for housing.

  • Topics: Self-Determination, Housing
  • Duration: 5 min
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January 2012 360 Self-Determination, Housing

Schedule a Medical Appointment

This video goes over the information you need to have at hand when you make a doctor's appointment over the phone and what you need to say and do.

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 1 min
View - Schedule a Medical Appointment
June 2011 298 Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

Self Determination with Cole

Cole is a self-advocate who has a great definition and experience of self-determination. He talks about getting a job, being a home owner, and caring for his dog--all examples of living a self-determined life.

  • Topics: Self-Determination, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living
  • Duration: 6 min
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March 2011 1048 Self-Determination, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living

I Want to Go to College

This inspirational infographic highlights the opportunities and benefits of postsecondary education programs for students with intellectual disabilities.

  • Topics: Postsecondary Education, Intellectual Disability, Self-Advocacy, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 3 min
View - I Want to Go to College
March 2011 754 Postsecondary Education, Intellectual Disability, Self-Advocacy, Self-Determination

Self-Advocacy: Find the Captain in You!

Two high school students host a morning talk show with special guest, Captain Self Advocacy.

  • Topics: Self-Determination, Self-Advocacy, Youth Produced, Finding Strengths
  • Duration: 9 min
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December 2010 6278 Self-Determination, Self-Advocacy, Youth Produced, Finding Strengths

Think College Teaser

Trailer for Think College video that highlights opportunities in postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities.

  • Topics: Postsecondary Education, Intellectual Disability, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 5 min
View - Think College Teaser
November 2010 5339 Postsecondary Education, Intellectual Disability, Self-Determination

Jeff on Medical Decision-making

Jeff talks about how he gradually assumed more responsibility for medical decision-making. Although he makes decisions for himself as an adult, he continues to consult his parents as part of his decision-making process.

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 2 min
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June 2009 369 Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

Let Children and Teens Speak for Themselves

Dr. Dawn Greninko explains why parents should let children and teens speak for themselves.

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 1 min
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June 2009 313 Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

Developing your medical independence

Dr. Dawn Grinenko talks about the importance of transferring responsibility for medication management and procedures from parents to youth.

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 2 min
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June 2009 221 Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination