Disabilities

Blazing the Trail: A New Direction for Youth Development and Leadership: Youth Call-to-Action

The eight-page, youth-friendly Youth Call-to-Action outlines ten actions that youth can take to enhance their development and become leaders in their community and the nation, including learning about their rights and responsibilities, becoming a self-advocate, learning about disability history, researching scholarships, participating in work experiences, training youth workers, and more. This document is based on findings from the Blazing the Trail national youth summit organized by the National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for youth (NCWD/Youth) in August 2007. 

AsktheJudge.info

AsktheJudge.info is a teen law website answering teens' and parents' questions about teen legal issues including teens' rights and the laws that affect them. The 'You and the Internet' category specifically addresses cyberbullying, sexting, free speech and the Internet and other issues involving online behavior.

Blazing the Trail: A New Direction for Youth Development and Leadership: Summit Report

The 2007 Blazing the Trail summit facilitated national dialogue on actions that need to be taken to improve policy and practice in the youth development and leadership field, and to ensure that youth with disabilities (including those with mental health needs), are included in opportunities available to all youth. The report details the dialogue that took place among youth with and without disabilities, state and federal policy makers, and community, state, and federal organization leaders including the important priority action steps identified by the participants.

Bullying Safety Resource Page

A resource page listing free articles, videos,and podcasts about bullying prevention safety skills - as well as low cost publications for sale and training resources. Kidpower is a nonprofit organization that takes a skills-based approach to preparing children and their adults to address bullying, abuse, and other safety problems in a positive, proactive way. 

Career Planning Begins with Assessment

To successfully make the transition from school to adult life and the world of work, adolescents and young adults need guidance and encouragement from caring, supportive adults. The best decisions and choices made by transitioning youth are based on sound information including appropriate assessments that focus on the talents, knowledge, skills, interests, values, and aptitudes of each individual.

Cyber Disclosure for Youth with Disabilities

Search sites like Google, social networking sites like Facebook, and micro-blogging sites like Twitter have added a new element to disability disclosure. Now it is possible to disclose disability status on the internet without even being aware of it.  The goal of this document is to provide youth suggestions on how to make informed decisions about their own disability disclosure and to manage their disclosures online. This is a supplement to The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities.

411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Families, Educators...

Adults in the lives of young people with both visible disabilities and those with disabilities that are not apparent to others can benefit from using this workbook. This workbook helps caring adults make informed decisions about teaching a young man or woman about his or her rights and responsibilities in disclosing his or her disability, a decision that will affect the young person's educational, employment, and social life. This workbook will help teach how to support a young person with a disability as he or she takes steps in becoming more independent and self-sufficient.

411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities

The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities is designed for youth and adults working with them to learn about disability disclosure. This workbook helps young people make informed  decisions about whether or not to disclose their disability and understand how that decision may impact their education, employment, and social lives. Based on the premise that disclosure is a very personal decision, the Workbook helps young people think about and practice disclosing their disability.