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4/14/2014

AUCD Unleashed: The Power of Engagement

The 2014 AUCD Conference theme reflects our goal of achieving an elevated level of engagement with our respective and collective communities, networks, and well beyond in order to better inform, enhance, and enrich the work we all do to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Ink your calendars, and make travel plans accordingly to participate in this engaging event that will serve in keeping our work relevant and our vision strong.

 
 

7/17/2014

ASAN Unveils Toolkit for Advocates on Health Care and the Transition to Adulthood

ASAN has prepared a comprehensive toolkit to empower people with disabilities, their families, and other disability advocates to help youth with disabilities manage their own health care as they transition to adulthood.

 
 

5/29/2014

Family Perspectives on a Successful Transition to Adulthood for Individuals With Disabilities

An article by researchers affiliated with Vanderbilt University examines an online survey of parents of individuals with IDD on their definition of a successful transition to adulthood. Rather than focusing only on developmental tasks of adulthood, responses reflected a more varied and dynamic view of success in adulthood. (full text access available at no cost with member subscription to IDD)

 
 

5/29/2014

The Postschool Outcomes of Students With Mild Intellectual Disability: Does it get Better With Time?

An article by researchers affiliated with Vanderbilt University examines an online survey of parents of individuals with IDD on their definition of a successful transition to adulthood. Rather than focusing only on developmental tasks of adulthood, responses reflected a more varied and dynamic view of success in adulthood. (full text access available at no cost with member subscription to IDD)

 
 

4/29/2014

Hagner, Kurtz, May, and Cloutier (NH and ME UCEDDs) Publish Person-Centered Transition Planning Research

Youth with ASD often face obstacles to participation in person-centered planning, including high levels of anxiety, and difficulties with social interaction and communication. This study explores strategies and supports used to help transition-aged youth with ASD participate more actively in their person-centered transition planning meetings. Implications for the use of this planning process by rehabilitation counselors involved in transition are discussed.

 
 
 

Events

2014 Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care  Copy to Calendar

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - Friday, October 3, 2014
Location: Online Broadcast Live & Houston, TX

Registration will soon open for the Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital 15th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference, October 2-3, 2014, in Houston. The "Transition Conference" delivers practical, insightful, and relevant information for physicians, social workers, counselors, faculty, staff, students, youth and young adults with chronic illness and their parents and guardians

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Resources

 

12/10/2013

Healthcare Transition For Youth With I/DD

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 scrane@autisticadvocacy.org.

 
 

9/26/2013

High Expectations: Transforming the American Workforce as the ADA Generation Comes of Age

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.�

 
 

5/24/2013

A Collaborative Interagency, Interdisciplinary Approach to Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood

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.

The Benefits:

  • 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.

 Factsheet:

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