Rethinking College, a documentary about college students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, had a screening on WXXI-TV Thursday July 23 at 8:30 PM Eastern. WXXI is the Rochester, NY PBS station, and the screening is a partnership of the station and the Golisano Foundation. This was the first television broadcast of Rethinking College.
UNH Institute on Disability's RENEW Program begins a 4 year evaluation Process with Grant (NH UCEDD/LEND)
The Institute on Disability (IOD)at the University of New Hampshire is part of a research team led by the University of Vermont that has received a four-year, $3.5 million grant from the Institute of Education Science's National Center for Education Research to conduct a multisite randomized control trial of the RENEW intervention. The Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural Supports, Education, and Work (RENEW) model, developed by IOD staff in 1996, is a promising individualized intervention for high school students with significant mental health challenges.
Stories from Young Adults with Disabilities about Spirituality and Their Transition to Independence (OR UCEDD)
The Interfaith Disabilities Network of Oregon (IDNO) sponsored its second annual conference on spirituality and disability, Beyond the Ramp: Treat Me as a Member, Not a Mission. Held in a Portland-based university setting, approximately 60 people including members of the clergy, lay leaders, people with disabilities and their families attended this event.
A Policy Brief from ASAN
This policy brief addresses the health care needs of autistic youth as they transition to adulthood. The brief, produced by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) and funded by the Special Hope Foundation, provides recommendations to ensure that young adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) receive consistent access to quality health care, as well as support in taking on adult levels of autonomy with respect to their own health care needs. Please direct any inquiries on this resource to Samantha Crane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Report from the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Tom Harkin, Chairman
Senator Harkin�s report offers bold steps to improve employment of young people with disabilities and fully realize the ADA�s promise of equality, while spotlighting the barriers to employment and setting a high goal for increasing workforce participation of the �ADA Generation.�
This paper promotes four core concepts that are essential to the development and implementation of effective transition plans and process: (1) Self-determination should be the foundation for transition planning; (2) Transition should be viewed through a cultural lens; (3) Interagency collaboration is essential to effective transition (4) Transition planning should include all the perspectives, disciplines, and organizations that will impact the transitioning student.
This paper was written for and by directors and staff UCEDDs and LENDs with the aim of promoting a dialogue among key stakeholders and facilitating their engagement in pursuing a more comprehensive, coordinated, supportive, and successful transition process for youth with disabilities from adolescence to young adulthood. See AUCD's press release for additional information.
Mentoring Youth with Disabilities
The Need for Mentoring Youth with Disabilities:Youth with physical or mental disabilities represent special populations at risk for juvenile delinquency, victimization, educational failure, and poor employment outcomes and often have multiple, overlapping risk factors. Such youth can and do benefit from mentoring relationships.
The Need for Inclusive Mentoring Programs:Youth with disabilities typically to receive mentoring within disability-specific programs rather than in inclusive, community-based programs that have a diversity of resources that promote education, job readiness, development of employment skills, and/or training in and exposure to entrepreneurial activities.
- Youth with disabilities can participate with their typically developing peers in mentoring programs,
- The community capacity to serve people with disabilities would be enhanced with training, technical assistance, and programmatic supports,
- There is a social value to providing inclusive supports and services, and
- Through building the capacity of community-based mentoring programs to serve all youth well-including those with special physical or mental challenges-is more cost-effective than supporting multiple specialty services.
AUCD has developed a factsheet that provides an overview of mentoring youth with disabilities, and gives examples of promising practices from the AUCD network. Click here: factsheet in PDF