KASA (Kids As Self Advocates) Resources

Below are over 60 tipsheets and guides written for youth, by youth! The reports in each of these sections are written by youth with disabilities on our Advisory Board and youth writers from our network. They are written to share real life experiences and helpful information with other youth. They have been reviewed by our Task Force (also made up of disabled youth) to make sure they are youth-friendly and accessible.

http://fvkasa.org/resources/index.php

Reap What You Sow Curriculum and Trainings

This project explores the life stories of thirteen leaders in the self-advocacy movement and their perspectives on key issues and leadership challenges. Part of the broader disability rights movement, the self-advocacy movement is unique in that it has been led and informed by the individual and collective experiences of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Despite its widespread existence nationwide and internationally, few works have explored the rich history, culture, and significance of the self-advocacy movement.

This website will provide links to obtaining the curriculum in addition to providing information on training.

http://www.nyln.org/resources-3/reap-what-you-sow-curriculum/

Leaders with Developmental Disabilities in the
Self-Advocacy Movement

This project explores the life stories of thirteen leaders in the self-advocacy movement and their perspectives on key issues and leadership challenges. Part of the broader disability rights movement, the self-advocacy movement is unique in that it has been led and informed by the individual and collective experiences of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Despite its widespread existence nationwide and internationally, few works have explored the rich history, culture, and significance of the self-advocacy movement.

http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/ROHO/collections/subjectarea/ics_movements/self_advocacy.html

Self-Advocacy Online

Self-Advocacy Online in an educational and networking website for those involved in making change for people with disabilities. Through our online Learning Center, you can build your skills in many areas of self-advocacy. And the national self-advocacy map will connect you with other across the country working on similar issues.

http://www.selfadvocacyonline.org/

Kansas Personal Assistance Supports and Services (K-PASS) Self- Direction Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Assist Individuals in Self-Direction

The Kansas Self-Direction Toolkit provides individuals with disabilities the information and tools needed to self-direct any component of their personal assistance services.

Consumers, case managers, service coordinators, family members and others will like the Toolkit’s step-by-step format with a mix and match option that puts you in control of the information you want and need to self-direct your personal assistant (PA) supports and services.

http://www.sackonline.org/uploads/K-PASS_Toolkit-2006_All_Sections.pdf

School Days to Pay Days

This publication was written by staff from the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services and the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston. It is informed and enriched by the experiences of individuals with intellectual disabilities, family members, school personnel, employment providers and others, who are all committed to creating a workforce that includes individuals with intellectual disabilities. As part of Work Without Limits, this publication is one of many tools designed to provide individuals and family members with the information and resources they need to achieve their employment goals.

http://www.communityinclusion.org/schooldays/

ServiceSource – Youth Transition Services

ServiceSource assists youth with disabilities transition from school to work through a number of different programs. Programs provide internship experiences, job skills training, career planning and other customized supports to assist transitioning youth with disabilities to reach their goals of integrated employment in competitive industries.

http://www.servicesource.org/rehabilitation-employment/youth-transition-services

WorkSmart

WorkSmart is an Internet application designed to offer entry-level job seekers and workforce re-entrants “soft” skills and occupational information to assist them in obtaining employment.

WorkSmart is a useful tool for both job seekers and workforce preparation professionals who provide job readiness counseling and career information to job seekers.

http://www.worksmart.ca.gov/worksmart_main_menu.html

Transition Planning

Transition planning is a gigantic topic and a very important one for youth with disabilities, their families, and IEP teams. NICHCY has devoted an entire section of its website to the subject, including articles written expressly for students themselves, school personnel, and parents. Here, in this article, however, we’ll keep it short and focused on what IDEA requires in the IEP for transition-aged students.

http://nichcy.org/schoolage/iep/iepcontents/transition