For People With Disabilities: Employment

It's My Future iPad App

New at the iPad App Store from the National Gateway to Self-Determination, a National Training Initiative funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the It’s My Future! a

Varian's Story

Varian - Willimantic, CT

Varian talks about employment, and the different places he has worked - along with the jobs as well. He also describes how this affected his self-advocacy and what he determined for his own life.

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Lindsey's Story

Lindsey - Edmond, Oklahoma

Lindsey is a self-determined individual with her own home, job, car, and interests, such as ballroom dancing, of which she participates in various competitions.

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Cole's Story

Cole - Lawrence, KS

Cole is a self-advocate who has a great definition and experience of self-determination. He talks about getting a job, being a home owner, and caring for his dog--all examples of living a self-determined life.

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I'm Determined

The I'm Determined project, a state directed project funded by the Virginia Department of Education, focuses on providing direct instruction, models, and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior beginning at the elementary level and continuing through the student's educational career. The self-determined student knows how to set and achieve goals and has a greater understanding of personal strengths and how to get support for areas of need.

It's My Future

It's My Future! by Bolding, Wehmeyer, and Lawrence is a National Gateway for Self-Determination publication useful for adults with developmental disabilities to prepare for their planning, individual habilitation, or person-centered planning meeting. Chapters address elements of self-determination to support choice and decision making, goal setting, and communication in meetings. In addition, It's My Future! supports setting goals in finding community supports for jobs, living arrangements, and leisure activities.

National Gateway to Self-Determination Booklet

This booklet provides an overview of the activities of the NGSD project, highlighting and detailing activities such as the development of task forces and the currently available products. It also describes the beliefs behind the NGSD project and lists self-determination resources for both professionals and families.

Advising Through Self-Determination

This guide provides advisors with a variety of resources, from general information regarding disability and advocacy to specific examples of activities that promote self-determination. Multiple organizations and individuals contributed to this guide, providing first-hand information from detailed traits of effective advisors to advice from both advisors and self-advocates.

Self-Determination and Employment

Self-Determination and Employment is the second in the series of seven issues which will focus on specific topics: self-advocacy, employment, health, community services, aging, family roles, and siblings.