Youth

Big Future – Find Colleges, Explore Careers, Make a Plan, Pay for College
Utah’s Career Information Center.  Create a portfolio – find education and employment resources.
Life is full of changes. Many times the changes will happen so smoothly that you hardly notice them. At other times, you need to plan and prepare for them. Students have dreams of the future and what they will do. This is the beginning of adulthood and it is an exciting time, full of opportunity, decisions, and choices. What do you want to do after high school?

Wrong Planet – Autism Community

Wrong Planet is the web community designed for individuals (and parents / professionals of those) with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, PDDs, and other neurological differences. We provide a discussion forum, where members communicate with each other, an article section, with exclusive articles and how-to guides, a blogging feature, and a chatroom for real-time communication with other Aspies.

Childhood meets adulthood at Youthhood.org

YO!  Youth Organizing!  Disabled and Proud

YO! is a program of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC). YO! Disabled & Proud connects, organizes and educates youth with disabilities.

YO! connects, organizes and educates youth with disabilities! YO! gives youth leadership opportunities, social networks, resources and more. YO! is for youth with disabilities to be PROUD of who we are and what we can achieve!

YO! also runs a youth oriented toll-free line focused on providing information, resources and opportunities to get involved. The YO! Line is answered by youth with disabilities for youth with disabilities:

Toll-Free YO! Line
(866) 296-9753 • (800) 900-0706 TDD

 JobTIPS

JobTIPS Student online program offers real world examples and assistance to teens and adults transitioning to the workplace. It provides learning resources, guided exercises, graphic organzers, role-playing scenario cards, prescreening tests, video tutorials, and visual prompts to help individuals with any learning style get and keep a job.

It is often the goal of young adults to make the move from school to work and have the financial independence to support themselves. But, preparing youth with disabilities for the transition process may be overwhelming and yield many questions. Whether you’re a young adult with a disability, parent of a child with a disability, or educator working with the youth, Works for me can point you to the resources to ease the transition process for high school, college, or the workplace.

Navigating College – a project of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Leaving high school and going to college is complicated for everyone. But if you’re a student on the autism spectrum who is about to enter higher education for the first time, it might be a little bit more complicated for you.

Maybe you’re worried about getting accommodations, getting places on time, or dealing with sensory issues in a new environment. Maybe you could use some advice on how to stay healthy at school, handle dating and relationships, or talk to your friends and classmates about your disability. Maybe you want to talk to someone who’s already dealt with these issues. That’s where we come in.

Navigating College is an introduction to the college experience from those of us who’ve been there. The writers and contributors are Autistic adults, and we’re giving you the advice that we wish someone could have given us when we headed off to college. We wish we could sit down and have a chat with each of you, to share our experiences and answer your questions. But since we can’t teleport, and some of us have trouble meeting new people, this book is the next best thing.

ASAN was able to get you this book with the help of some other organizations. The Navigating College Handbook was developed in collaboration with Autism NOW, and with funding from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities. The University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability is helping us with distribution. We’re really grateful for all of their help in getting this book out.

Good luck, and happy reading! We hope it helps.

Download a free copy here.

The National Youth Leadership Network connects youth activists together. We currently work with organizations in three states. We call these organizations our state partners. Each state partner is completely different, but all are youth-led disability organizations. The state partners are their own organizations and make all of their own decisions. For the last three years, NYLN has given them mini-grants and traveled to their states to host trainings.
three cartoons. one person on the left is holding up a sign that says "we are change." the one on the right his holding a sign that says "take action! change the system" and uses a wheelchair. the one in the middle has her fist raised.

Navigating the Road to Work

This guide was developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) specifically to address the needs of youth with disabilities during their transition from school to work.

Childwelfare.gov – Transition to Adulthood and Independent Living

Adolescents face a range of developmental issues, and as teens approach adulthood, living independently becomes a significant goal. While youth with intact families may struggle to achieve self-reliance, youth in out-of-home care face formidable obstacles. The following resources provide information on helping adolescents transition to adulthood and live independently.

Self-Advocacy Online

 Transition Guide

 

Sharedwork.org – Building a Meaningful Youth Role

Together, youth from across the 10 states affiliated with the National CoP on Transition will urge and collaborate with the adult members in the participating state agencies, national organiations and technical assistance centers to set an intentional focus on promoting youth role in transition.

This year, youth leaders will help to facilitate this process by creating three youth driven and youth led webinars on important topics in transition from their perspective. Youth will then provide quarterly updates on the monthly transition CoP calls.

Youth with and without disabilities are encoruaged to get involved.

No work about us should be done without us! National Transition Community of Practice: On the Move with Youth Leadership!

 

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