Transitioning into adulthood can be awkward for nearly every young person. For transition-age youth with disabilities, issues surrounding managing Personal Assistance Services (PAS) can be intensified by normal developmental concerns such as striking out on your own and navigating the road into adulthood. Accessing and maintaining long-term supports, such as PAS, has often been a significant barrier to employment for youth and adults with disabilities.
This guide from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth assists youth in strengthening some of the most fundamental skills essential for successfully managing their own PAS: effective communication, time-management, working with others, and establishing professional relationships. Such skills are key to not only enhancing independence, but also thriving in the workplace and growing professionally.
Access to toolkit and related tipsheets, at:
View companion videos of students with disabilities who use PAS, at:
Topics covered in the toolkit include:
Whether moving from school or a home setting to work, college, or living on their own, transition-age youth and their families or friends would benefit from the information and guidance offered by the toolkit. Sample worksheets, questions, and charts provide readers clear, helpful examples of things to consider along the path to greater independence. And stories from real youth and their families give practical insight and guidance for youth with disabilities who want to manage their own PAS.
The toolkit is available in PDF format. There are also companion videos featuring youth with disabilities who use PAS and several related tip sheets, including:
SOURCE ARTICLE: National Collaborative on Workforce Disability
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