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FOR YOUTH ONLY is a resource for youth with disabilities.  Here you will find information to help you to develop self-advocacy skills and gain a better understanding of how you  can more effectively participate to increase your success in the classroom, at home, and in the community.  By understanding your disability and its impact on your everyday life, you have a better chance of improving your life and accessing the systems of care that serve you.

  • Learn how to take care of yourself!
  • Learn how to share information about what helps you!
  • Learn how to be a leader for other youth who, like you, would benefit from support and help.

“All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.”  Walt Disney

Video Resources

Video Series: Advocating for Your Needs at School

2016 (1 min)

Video 1: Marissa on School Accommodations

Are you struggling to getting accommodations at school? In this video Marissa, a high school student with a disability, explains how she used her support system and the IEP process to get the help she needed.

2016 (1 min)

Video 2: Marissa on Communication at School

Marissa gives ideas about communicating with other students and teachers about problems or issues at school.

Video Series: Preparing For Adulthood: Taking Charge of My Own Health Care

PACER’s Youth Advisory Board on mental health discusses topics related to transitioning from pediatric health care to adult heath care. This 4-part series includes tips for teens and young adults on: coordinating your own health care, how medical providers and teachers can help you taking charge of your own health care, preparing for your own medical appointments, and understanding the benefits of guardianship.

2016 (4 min)

Video 1: Who Helps You Coordinate Your Health Care?

Teens discuss who helps them coordinate their own health care and the strategies they use to organize themselves. The role of a “care coordinator” is defined.

View - Practical Tips: Working Effectively with Culturally Diverse Families of Children Needing Mental Health Support

2016 (6 min)

Video 2: What Can Medical Providers and Teachers Do To Help You Take Charge of Your Own Health Care?

Teens respond to questions about their preferred method of communication for health care information. They express a preference for easily understood explanations, information formatted in pamphlets or written on flash cards, and health care providers who communicate directly to them. A general concern most often expressed is when to transfer to an adult health care provider.

2016 (4 min)

Video 3: How Do You Prepare For A Medical Appointment?

Teens describe how they prepare for a doctor’s appointment. Strategies that work for them include: making a list of concerns and questions for the doctor, having your insurance card with you, checking in, scheduling an appointment and arranging for transportation to the appointment.

2016 (3 min)

Video 4: What Does Guardianship Mean To You?

Discussion about what guardianship means. For these young adults, guardians are seen as coaches, leaders, decision makers, record keepers and as the gateway to health care.

This video series was made possible in part through a subcontract from the Minnesota Department of Health under Grant Number D70MC27547 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

PACER Programs for You

Excite Camp
EX.I.T.E. Camp is to empower middle school girls in the fields of math, science, and engineering. EX.I.T.E. Camp provides a safe and supported environment for hands-on learning as well as a place to meet new friends and create lasting memories.

Fun Times
Fun Times is a volunteer, social program that connects teens and young adults with and without disabilities

Teens Against Bullying

Youth Advisory Board Activities (Mental Health and Emotional or Behavioral Disorders Project)

National Bullying Prevention Center: Get Involved