Assistive technology – planning resources

March 2, 2013

What works? That depends. On the task, the person doing it, and the environment in which the task will be done. Technology options are changing at a dizzying pace. Your child’s skills, needs, and priorities are changing too. Soon s/he will be learning, working, and living in new environments. What assistive technology (AT) will work best? [...]

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College options for students with intellectual disabilities: Think College!

February 21, 2013

Think that college isn’t an option for students with intellectual disabilities? Think again! The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 has fueled a surge of innovative programs around the country. College-based Comprehensive Transition Programs (CTPs) offer students with ID diverse opportunities to learn academic, career, and independent living skills as they prepare for employment. Students enjoy the [...]

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Teaching our children about sexuality: resources from NICHCY

February 9, 2013

Do you have questions about helping your child understand his or her body and sexuality? NICHCY has just updated an extensive collection of resources you’ll want to explore. From understanding and caring for their own bodies, to making decisions about relationships, there is much for our children to learn about sexuality. As parents, we are [...]

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Quinn Bradlee & the Friends of Quinn Community

February 2, 2013

Quinn Bradlee couldn’t find what he was looking for – so he created it! Friends of Quinn (FOQ) is an online community for young adults with learning differences and those who love them. Over several years, FOQ has grown and flourished, thanks to Quinn’s passion, tireless effort, and creativity. With warmth and humor, Quinn welcomes [...]

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Self advocacy & leadership training modules – by youth, for youth

January 26, 2013

Young leaders with disabilities are networking with each other, making their own mark on the world, and reaching out to their younger peers. Nothing empowers teens like learning from young adults with diverse abilities who are leading their own lives – their own way. Many young leaders want to empower their younger peers, but it’s [...]

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On becoming ourselves & living our dream

January 19, 2013

“When we reconnect who we are with what we do, we approach our lives and our work with renewed passion, commitment, and integrity.”          - Center for Courage and Renewal Ever feel disconnected from what matters most? Ever feel like you’re losing yourself as you go through the paces, doing what’s expected? Ever [...]

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Empowerment Weekend (February 16 & 17)

January 12, 2013

Do you know a youth (age 14-21) with a disability who lives in Pennsylvania? Here’s a rare opportunity! The “Empowering Youth Voices” event will engage youth in dynamic sessions with young adult leaders. Youth will clarify their personal goals, claim their talents and dreams, and develop life-changing relationships. This weekend will lead to further opportunities [...]

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Keep your eyes on the prize

January 1, 2013

There’s a scene in the book “Teacher Man” in which Frank McCourt stands before his high school class and writes a capital “F” on the left side of the board, and a capital “F” on the right side of the board. He then draws an arrow between the “F” on the left and the “F” [...]

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See how far you’ve come!

December 28, 2012

Your teen has come a long way this year. So have you. It’s time to pause and reflect. We’ll soon welcome the new year, and plan for new goals. But now it’s time to rest a bit and enjoy the view. Sir Martin Conway, mountaineer and cartographer of the early 20th century once said: “Each fresh [...]

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“Going to Work” – a new video series – by youth for youth

December 22, 2012

What if your teen could learn about the world of work from young adults with disabilities who love their jobs? These young people have learned about networking, disability disclosure, interviewing, and job accommodations through first hand experience. They tell it like it is in the brand new “Going to Work” video series by Wisconsin Youth [...]

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