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How to Choose a Fitness Center

Follow Mary Allison, a wheelchair user, on a tour of a local gym where she shares tips on How to Choose a Fitness Center.

  • Topics: Independent Living, Self-Advocacy
  • Duration: 5 min
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March 2018 654 Independent Living, Self-Advocacy

What to Know about Trusts & ABLE Accounts

This video describes trusts and ABLE accounts and explains how they can help individuals who receive government benefits to save money as well as pay for many kinds of expenses. Information is presented in straightforward language and at a measured pace to make it easier for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to understand. However, it contains basic information of interest to any person with a disability who receives government benefits such as SSI and Medicaid, as well family members who want to learn how these accounts work.

  • Topics: Benefit Programs and Supports, Independent Living, Intellectual Disability, Person-Centered Planning, Self-Advocacy, Special needs Trust, SSI
  • Duration: 6 min
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October 2017 379 Benefit Programs and Supports, Independent Living, Intellectual Disability, Person-Centered Planning, Self-Advocacy, Special needs Trust, SSI

Should we build new institutions?

Research indicates that people with disabilities have better outcomes when they have supports to live in the community rather than living in institutions, however, initiatives to create new institutional lving settings are being proposed in many U.S. communities. This video considers whether that is a good idea. It is adapted from the white paper "Community Living and Participation for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: What the Research Tells Us," from the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD).

  • Topics: Community Inclusion, Community Supports, Disability Rights, Housing, Independent Living, Autism, Intellectual Disability
  • Duration: 5 min
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October 2017 149 Community Inclusion, Community Supports, Disability Rights, Housing, Independent Living, Autism, Intellectual Disability

Ask the Expert Preparing for Independent Life

It is important to start transition planning early and especially in high school, specifically with independent living.

  • Topics: Transition Planning, Independent Living
  • Duration: 4 min
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May 2017 429 Transition Planning, Independent Living

Alternatives to Conservatorship

Alternatives to conservatorship allow people with disabilities to make independent decisions about their life while maintaining support from family and/or community members. Some alternate examples include power of attorney, representative payee, supported decision-making, and healthcare surrogate.

  • Topics: Guardianship, Independent Living, Intellectual Disability
  • Duration: 4 min
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April 2017 455 Guardianship, Independent Living, Intellectual Disability

With Our Voices Stories: Abby's Housing Story

Abby is able to live independently with the support of her family and is developing her voice as a self-advocate.

  • Topics: Independent Living, Housing, Self-Advocacy
  • Duration: 3 min
View - With Our Voices Stories: Abby's Housing Story
February 2017 478 Independent Living, Housing, Self-Advocacy

Dealing with Pain

A young woman with cerebral palsy and her father talk about the impact of pain and how effective strategies for pain management have made a difference in her life.

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living, Perseverance, Supportive Adults
  • Duration: 2 min
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February 2017 527 Health, Independent Living, Perseverance, Supportive Adults

The Truth about Sitting – Partnership in Wellness

This video was produced by the Partnership in Wellness project at the U of MN's Research and Training Center on Community Living. It is part of a universally-designed health curriculum for adults who require ongoing daily supports, have limited reading skills, and would benefit from learning about improved nutrition, activity, and relationships.

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living
  • Duration: 3 min
View - The Truth about Sitting – Partnership in Wellness
January 2017 132 Health, Independent Living

Moving Out Into the World

Discover how international study and volunteer abroad can develop confidence, independence, and career skills for people with disabilities.

  • Topics: Career Development, Employment, Finding Strengths, High Expectations, Inclusion, Independent Living
  • Duration: 5 min
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October 2015 384 Career Development, Employment, Finding Strengths, High Expectations, Inclusion, Independent Living

Work Early, Work Often: Parents/Caregivers of Young Adults with Disabilities

Part of a three-part series highlighting the importance of work and work-based experiences in an young person’s transition to adulthood, a mother talks about her son’s career development experiences, finding the right job “fit,” his personal growth on the job, and “letting go.”

  • Part of the Work Early, Work Often Series
  • Topics: Career Development, Employment, Family Support, Finding Strengths, Independent Living
  • Duration: 3 min
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September 2015 1439 Career Development, Employment, Family Support, Finding Strengths, Independent Living Work Early, Work Often

Disability Vote

The Advocacy Center of Louisiana, Disability Rights New York, Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania, and Disability Rights Washington, which operates this Rooted in Rights YouTube channel, are all part of the federally funded protection and advocacy system and members of the National Disability Rights Network.

  • Topics: Civil Rights and Legal Protections, Disability Rights, High Expectations, Independent Living, Voting, Community Inclusion
  • Duration: 5 min
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August 2015 1258 Civil Rights and Legal Protections, Disability Rights, High Expectations, Independent Living, Voting, Community Inclusion

How to Make SSI Work for You: Simply Said

This youth- and family-friendly video focuses on how to find help available to youth and young adults with disabilities after they leave high school. Several federal government programs including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Work Incentives, and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provide benefits or support to eligible youth as they work toward their postsecondary and employment goals. Youth and families can use the information they learn to plan ahead and apply for the benefits and supports they need after high school.

  • Part of the Simply Said Series
  • Topics: Adult Services, Benefit Programs and Supports, Career Development, Community Supports, Independent Living, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Work Incentives
  • Duration: 4 min
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June 2015 593 Adult Services, Benefit Programs and Supports, Career Development, Community Supports, Independent Living, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Work Incentives Simply Said

History of the Disability Movement in the United States

A dry but informative presentation by University of Kansas Professor Michael Wehmeyer that characterizes the history of people with disabilities, particularly people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as having 3 distinct waves. Firstly, the Professional Movement, predominant from 1850 to mid 20th century; secondly, the Parent Movement that emerged in the 1950s; and thirdly, the Self-Determination Movement.

  • Topics: Community Inclusion, Civil Rights and Legal Protections, Community Supports, Family Support, Health, Independent Living, Intellectual Disability, Self-Determination, Special Education, Transportation
  • Duration: 9 min
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February 2015 474 Community Inclusion, Civil Rights and Legal Protections, Community Supports, Family Support, Health, Independent Living, Intellectual Disability, Self-Determination, Special Education, Transportation

Housing: Starting the Journey

Will you be ready when the time comes for your son or daughter to move to a place of their own? Most parents aren’t sure how to begin planning for this transition, but this video will help you get started. Viewers will receive an overview of the housing and services options that are available and the person-centered planning concepts to help your son or daughter develop their vision for independent living, housing, and services.

  • Topics: Housing, Person-Centered Planning, Independent Living
  • Duration: 5 min
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September 2014 1722 Housing, Person-Centered Planning, Independent Living

Words to Know – from Coverage to Care

This video goes over key terminology youth need to learn to manage their health insurance coverage as adults.

  • Topics: Adult Services, Health, Independent Living
  • Duration: 2 min
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July 2014 9318 Adult Services, Health, Independent Living

How To Talk To Your Doctor

A young woman who is a wheelchair user shares tips for working with your doctor to develop an appropriate treatment plan.

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 6 min
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May 2014 7532 Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

Making a Smooth Transition from High School to Adult Living: Successful Collaboration

All students and their families benefit from collaboration — teamwork, group effort, and cooperation — between family, school, and others as they make the transition to adult life. Students with disabilities often require extra collaboration and support to achieve their employment, educational, and independent living goals, sometimes for their entire lives. This 2012 webinar for parents of youth with disabilities explores how to use the concept of collaboration to ensure their son or daughter’s transition to adulthood is as smooth as possible. Originally developed for Minnesota families, most content is relevant to families residing in other states as well. Presenters: Carolyn Anderson, PACER Center | Barb Ziemke, PACER Center | Sean Roy, PACER Center.

  • Topics: Webinar, Transition Planning, Collaboration, Adult Services, Connecting Youth, Vocational Rehabilitation, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Transportation, County Services, Independent Living, Employment, Health, Benefit Programs and Supports, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Postsecondary Education, Family Support
  • Duration: 57 min
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March 2014 555 Webinar, Transition Planning, Collaboration, Adult Services, Connecting Youth, Vocational Rehabilitation, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Transportation, County Services, Independent Living, Employment, Health, Benefit Programs and Supports, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Postsecondary Education, Family Support

Dr. Right: The Right Way to Discuss Transition

A young woman updates her health care transition plan with her doctor before she goes off to college.

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living, Postsecondary Education, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 8 min
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March 2014 1018 Health, Independent Living, Postsecondary Education, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

Dr. Knotright: the wrong way to discuss transition

See the wrong way for a primary care physician to discuss health care transition with a young adult patient!

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living, Postsecondary Education, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 6 min
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March 2014 602 Health, Independent Living, Postsecondary Education, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

Becoming an Adult: Deciding Where to Live

Planning for the future can be an exciting and nerve-wracking time for young adults with special health care needs and their families. This video shows and discusses the variety of residential programming available to people with disabilities in the adult world and offers information on how to make sure young adults are registered with the right services in their state.

  • Topics: Adult Services, Family Support, Housing, Independent Living, High Expectations
  • Duration: 9 min
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December 2013 1987 Adult Services, Family Support, Housing, Independent Living, High Expectations

Becoming an Adult: Taking Responsibility for Your Medical Care

Moving out of the pediatric health care world is a major milestone in every young adult's life. This video shows and describes ways for young people to be more involved in their health care, what skills they will need to be successful and how being a patient in the adult health care world will be different from their pediatric experience.

  • Topics: Health, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living
  • Duration: 7 min
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December 2013 3635 Health, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living

How Can Parents Help Providers When Their Young Adult Transitions to Adult Health Care?

Pediatrician and researcher Dr. Robert Rohloff describes the partnership between parent, youth and provider when their young adult transitions to adult health care.

  • Topics: Adult Services, Family Support, Housing, Independent Living, High Expectations, Health
  • Duration: 2 min
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August 2013 172 Adult Services, Family Support, Housing, Independent Living, High Expectations, Health

The Journey to Adulthood

A Parent Consultant from the Utah Parent Center discusses adolescent social and physical transitions such as puberty, self-care, social skills, and vulnerability.

  • Topics: Transition, Social Skills, Independent Living
  • Duration: 38 min
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July 2013 362 Transition, Social Skills, Independent Living

Meet Jared

Meet Jared, a young man with cerebral palsy who, with the help of AT, is able to control his entire computer and run his graphic arts business through a sip and puff switch.

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May 2013 4329 Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Independent living Assistive Technology in Action

Inclusive Post Secondary Education - GAELS RICE at Iona College

This 5 minute video introduces the inclusive postsecondary dual enrollment program for students with intellectual disabilities at Iona College.

  • Topics: Postsecondary Education, Self-Determination, Independent Living
  • Duration: 5 min
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March 2013 1134 Postsecondary Education, Self-Determination, Independent Living

Talking With Your Doctor and Other Health Care Providers

This video teaches teens how communicate effectively with health care providers so that they answer teens' questions and give the information and supports teens need to be more in charge of their own health. Teens will also learn how prepare and give health care providers the information they need to give teens the best possible medical care.

  • Topics: Health, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living
  • Duration: 18 min
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November 2012 504 Health, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living

Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services

Youth with disabilities discuss how they use personal assistance services (PAS) and what’s involved in finding and managing their own services. This video is a companion to the publication, Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services (PAS): A Toolkit for Youth with Disabilities Transitioning to Adulthood.

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 4 min
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September 2012 3753 Health, Independent Living, Self-Determination

Meet Sam

Meet Sam Graves, a young man with cerebral palsy who, with the help of AT, is a successful college student, blogger, and sportsman.

  • Part of the Assistive Technology in Action Series
  • Topics: Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Postsecondary Education, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living, Inspiration
  • Duration: 4 min
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August 2012 14256 Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Postsecondary Education, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living, Inspiration Assistive Technology in Action

Meet Elle

Meet Elle O’Gorman, a young woman with cerebral palsy who, with the help of AT, is able to communicate with family, friends, and teachers.

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July 2012 13773 Assistive Technology, Accommodations, Special Education, Connecting Youth, Independent Living Assistive Technology in Action

Health Care Transition: A Parent Perspective

A father talks about the challenges of preparing his daughter to becoming more responsible for her own health care. He likens it to teaching your young adult to drive. "You know you have to let them go and make their mistakes."

  • Topics: Health, Family Support, High Expectations, Independent Living, Transition Planning
  • Duration: 2 min
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July 2012 134 Health, Family Support, High Expectations, Independent Living, Transition Planning

Schedule a Medical Appointment

This video goes over the information you need to have at hand when you make a doctor's appointment over the phone and what you need to say and do.

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 1 min
View - Schedule a Medical Appointment
June 2011 298 Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

Self Determination with Cole

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.

  • Topics: Self-Determination, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living
  • Duration: 6 min
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March 2011 1048 Self-Determination, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living

Independent Living: Jeeve Whirlwind’s Tips

High School student comedy on how to choose and live with roommates after graduating from high school.

  • Topics: Independent Living, Youth Produced, Housing
  • Duration: 7 min
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December 2010 845 Independent Living, Youth Produced, Housing

Healthy Hobbies: Skills for Life

Several high school students speak about their disabilities and how their hobbies translate into skills for future employment, community involvement, and self-confidence.

  • Topics: Independent Living, Youth Produced, Health, Recreation and Sports
  • Duration: 5 min
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December 2010 1702 Independent Living, Youth Produced, Health, Recreation and Sports

Tools and Technologies in Agriculture

This video introduces Lesson 1 of a 3-part curriculum on assistive technology awareness/ education series for rural youth. A father and daughter duo introduce the concept of assistive technology as just another kind of tool and provide examples of assistive technology used in an agricultural setting. The series was developed for Future Farmers of America by AgrAbility.

  • Part of the AgrAbility for Youth Series
  • Topics: Accommodations, Assistive Technology, Disability Awareness, Independent Living, Inclusion
  • Duration: 2 min
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July 2010 419 Accommodations, Assistive Technology, Disability Awareness, Independent Living, Inclusion AgrAbility for Youth

Principles of Assistive Technology

This video is Lesson 2 of a 3-part assistive technology awareness/education series for rural youth. A father and daughter duo identify basic categories of assistive technology and give examples of products in each category. The series was developed for Future Farmers of America by AgrAbility.

  • Part of the AgrAbility for Youth Series
  • Topics: Accommodations, Assistive Technology, Disability Awareness, Independent Living, Inclusion
  • Duration: 2 min
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July 2010 234 Accommodations, Assistive Technology, Disability Awareness, Independent Living, Inclusion AgrAbility for Youth

Disability Awareness

This video introduces Lesson 3 of a 3-part curriculum on assistive technology awareness/education series for rural youth. A father duaghter duo provide a definition of disabilty, kinds of disabilities, and identify societal attitudes about disabilities that may create barriers for people with disabilites. Ways that youth can help promote an inclusive community are also noted. The series was developed for Future Farmers of America by AgrAbility.

  • Part of the AgrAbility for Youth Series
  • Topics: Accommodations, Assistive Technology, Disability Awareness, Independent Living, Inclusion
  • Duration: 2 min
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July 2010 245 Accommodations, Assistive Technology, Disability Awareness, Independent Living, Inclusion AgrAbility for Youth

Jeff on Medical Decision-making

Jeff talks about how he gradually assumed more responsibility for medical decision-making. Although he makes decisions for himself as an adult, he continues to consult his parents as part of his decision-making process.

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 2 min
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June 2009 369 Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

Let Children and Teens Speak for Themselves

Dr. Dawn Greninko explains why parents should let children and teens speak for themselves.

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 1 min
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June 2009 313 Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination

Developing your medical independence

Dr. Dawn Grinenko talks about the importance of transferring responsibility for medication management and procedures from parents to youth.

  • Topics: Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination
  • Duration: 2 min
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June 2009 221 Health, Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, Self-Awareness, Self-Determination