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Youth Development and youth leadership are critical to helping youth with disabilities meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood.


Youth Development and youth leadership are critical to helping youth with disabilities meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood. It is important that they learn the leadership skills and self-advocacy skills needed for achieving their postsecondary employment goals and success in the workplace. Evidence-based practices that have proven effective in preparing youth for employment is teaching self-advocacy.

Transition Planning: The Basics External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF; 54MB)
Youth development and leadership are referenced on page 22-23 and page 26 of this guide.

These pages also provide information on how to comply with elements 1-6 of the Indicator 13 requirements of the California Annual Performance Report (APR) External link opens in new window or tab..

Self-Advocacy

Kids as Self Advocates External link opens in new window or tab.
60 tip sheets and guides written for youth, by youth. They are written to share real life experiences and helpful information with other youth.

On The Job External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
Stories about working written by individuals with disabilities.

Wright’s Law External link opens in new window or tab.
Site shares articles, resources for understanding self-advocacy.

Disability Rights Advocates External link opens in new window or tab.
This non-profit organization works to promote equal rights, fair treatment and opportunities for people with disabilities. The site offers information on how to get help if you feel your rights have been violated.

Making Informed Choices External link opens in new window or tab.
The California Department of Developmental Services is the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Self-Determination

Taking Charge of Your Education External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
A toolkit develop by Talent Knows No Limits. Helps youth develop their transition plan.

Beach Center External link opens in new window or tab.
Provides general tips on self-determination.

ACT: Advocating Change Together External link opens in new window or tab.
Self Advocacy tips for individuals with disabilities written by individuals with disabilities.

Youthhood External link opens in new window or tab.
An online community for youth with disabilities.

Disability Disclosure

The 411 on Disability Disclosure External link opens in new window or tab.
This workbook for youth with disabilities was developed by the National Collaborative on Work and Disability (NCWD-Youth) and guides youth through understanding their disability and how to disclose it.

Cyber Disclosure for Youth with Disabilities External link opens in new window or tab.
A document created by NCWD-Youth that offers advice on disclosing one’s disability on social media.

Job Accommodations

Job Accommodations Network External link opens in new window or tab.
This site provides extensive information on disability rights, Americans with Disabilities Act and accommodations. The information briefs describe disabilities to employers and family members.

Technology

Clearinghouse for Specialized Media and Translations
The California Department of Education (CDE) provides instructional resources in accessible formats to students with disabilities.

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, July 1, 2020
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