Category Archives: Parents & Families

Who’s Leading Your Individualized Education Program (IEP)? The Importance of Self Advocacy – Part 2 of 2

This is Part 2 in a two-part blog post that provides guidance and resources for youth on how to get involved and take a lead in their own Individualized Education Program (IEP).  Today’s blog written by guest blogger Emalie Fogg … Continue reading

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Becoming a Self Advocate for Your Individualized Education Program (IEP) – Part 1 of 2

This is the first of a two-part blog post that provides guidance and resources for youth on how to get involved and take a lead in their own Individualized Education Program (IEP).  In today’s blog, guest blogger Emalie Fogg reflects … Continue reading

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Workers with Disabilities: An Investment in the Future

This blog entry is a cross posting from the Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Labor, re-published with permission from the U.S. DOL Office of Disability Employment Policy, which funds the National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth). … Continue reading

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Apples and Oranges: Which College Really Costs Less?

It’s October already, which means it’s time for high school seniors (and others) to begin seriously exploring their postsecondary options, if they haven’t started already. Youth and families—and the youth service professionals who work with them—need to be aware of … Continue reading

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Self-Advocacy in the Doctor’s Office: It Could Save Your Life

Developing skills and knowledge related to one’s own physical and emotional health is a critical step in the youth development process. Helping young people to develop health management and self-advocacy skills and to connect to healthcare resources are important components … Continue reading

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You Wore What?: Discussing the Importance of Soft Skills

One evening while eating a quick supper at a local fast food restaurant, I noticed a young man saunter in and make his way to the counter. It quickly became apparent that he was requesting a job application. Being an … Continue reading

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Combining High Expectations for Youth with Ongoing Support – The Essential Role of Family Involvement

As I look back at my personal journey, I can testify to the importance of family involvement, which is one of the Guideposts for Success, throughout a young person’s life. Far before I was even familiar with the term disability, … Continue reading

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Preparing for Life After High School (Part 2 on Graduation Requirements & Diploma Options)

Following up on our recent blog, Graduation Requirements & Diploma Options – Finding Information about Your State (Part 1 of 2), this blog entry attempts to answer questions we often hear from families and youth service professionals about what young … Continue reading

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Relationships, Sexuality, & Self Determination: Documentary on Monica & David Raises Important Questions (Part 2 of 2)

Growing up, I was the epitome of a “girly-girl.” Frilly dresses, dollhouses, and lots and lots of Barbie dolls. In fact, my all-time favorite game to play with friends was “House,” where as the “Mom,” having a baby meant tucking … Continue reading

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Are We Paying Attention to the Unique Support Needs of GLBT Youth?

embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt In September it will have been 20 years since I began my high school career as a lowly freshman. I was not “out” to myself in high school, let alone others, meaning that somewhere deep … Continue reading

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