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Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network

Secondary Transition Toolkit


Developed by youth for youth
1st Edition

July 2008

PYLN

Welcome to the Toolkit!

Dear Youth, Families, and Professionals,

The Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN) has created secondary transition toolkit to assist youth in their transition into the adult world. The best thing about the toolkit is that it was written and designed by youth with disabilities who are members of the Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN) for youth. It can also be used with families and professionals as a youth-friendly Toolkit for transition.

Within the Toolkit there are three phases:



Phase One: Accept Yourself!

Phase Two: Declare Yourself!

Phase Three: Empower Yourself!

Each phase is filled with PYLN members’ transition stories, along with information and activities to help you take charge of your life!

This is our first attempt at the Toolkit and we plan to keep changing it and adding information to meet your needs. If you have any ideas to share, please email the PYLN at pyln.gb@gmail.com .

Since we plan to continually update the Toolkit, you can find the latest version online. It’s as simple as going to this website: www.sharedwork.org/patransition. You do have to register to use the site, remember to write down your user name and password since you’ll need it next time you visit the site. On the left side of the Pennsylvania Community on Transition homepage, please click on the PYLN Secondary Transition Toolkit.

Thanks,

PA Youth Leadership Network Member


What’s in the toolkit?

PA Youth Leadership Network: Who We Are . . . . . . . . . 7
Phase One ACCEPT YOURSELF! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

PYLN personal story - Allison’s story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

PYLN personal story Lewis’s story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

PYLN personal story Kelly’s story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . 18


So you have a disability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

  • Definition of disabilities

  • Things to never forget

  • Getting to know yourself

Help is out there . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23



  • Understanding your accommodations and supports

  • Your health is important!

  • Who to talk to about your disability – working with trusted adults

  • Learning about your disability

Sometimes you feel like you just don’t fit in . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26


It’s all about you! Tips to get the most out of assessments . . . . . . . . 32



  • PYLN personal stories

    • Everett’s story

    • Joe’s story

  • What is assessment and why should you care?

  • What assessment accommodations can you get?

  • What are the different types of assessment

  • What to expect from formal assessments

  • Lifelong career journey

  • Understanding your strengths and talents

What’s in the toolkit?



  • Understanding your weaknesses – learning about the supports that can help

  • Knowing your interests – helping you plan for the future

  • Celebrating your strengths

  • Pulling it all together!

In summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58



  • Reality check and review questions


Phase Two DECLARE YOURSELF! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

PYLN personal story Joe’s story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

PYLN personal story Collan’s story . . . . . . . . . . . . .64

Speak up for yourself . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65



  • What is advocacy and how do you advocate for yourself?

Help in school: The IEP and the secondary transition process . 69



  • What is IDEA?

  • What is an IEP?

  • What is transition planning in the IEP?

  • How do I set post-school goals?

  • What can be scary about your IEP?

  • How you can participate in your IEP.

  • Getting involved in my IEP.

  • How to participate in my IEP.

  • How to make sure my IEP is going as planned.

Checklist for preparing for successful

post school outcomes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
What’s in the toolkit?

In summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95



  • Reality check and review questions


Phase Three EMPOWER YOURSELF! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
PYLN personal story Everett’s story . . . . . . . . . . 98

PYLN personal story Rachel’s story . . . . . . . . .. . . . 100


Empowerment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102

  • What is empowerment?

  • Why is empowerment important?

Help is out there . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103



  • Drawing the line (between support and control)

Ensuring you are headed in the right direction . . . . . . . . 104



  • Tips for getting services

Becoming empowered . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106

  • How to get empowered


  • Activity: What can these youth do to empower themselves?

PYLN personal story Josie’s story . . . . . . . . . . 110

PYLN personal story Mike’s story . . . . . . . . .. . . .111

In summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112



  • Review questions and reality check


Thank You! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

PA Youth Leadership Network:

Who We Are

Developed by youth for youth
1st Edition

July 2008

PYLN

What is the Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN)?

The mission of the PYLN is: “To develop the self-determination, empowerment, and leadership of youth, that promotes successful post school outcomes in the areas of education, employment, independent living, and health and wellness among youth and young adults throughout Pennsylvania.”  Furthermore, the purpose of “this group is to foster an open dialogue with youth and young adults to create, enhance, or change important issues that affect their everyday lives including: transition from high school to adult life; policies and practices that affect individuals with disabilities; and promote the inclusion of youth and young adults with disabilities into all aspects of society at the national, state and local level.”


Since 2005 the goals of the PYLN have been:



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