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Planning for the Future

A guide for families and friends of people with developmental disabilities


6th edition, 2006, New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. Most families provide lifelong supports to their family members with a developmental disability. However, if you are like most families you have not planned very far into the future. In fact, seventy-five percent of families with a daughter/son with a disability never plan at all.


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Transition to Work or Post-Secondary Education

Taking responsibility, and being able to advocate for one’s own future education and employment will be different for each person.  For everyone, self-direction and autonomy are desired outcomes.  For parents caring for a child and advocating for their child’s needs and education, it is a shift to be guiding a teen or young adult as they move through adolescence towards more independence.    


Crucial to this is respecting and supporting an individual’s decisions regarding their future employment or education.  With funding from NYS’ Family to Family Health Care Information Center, the information included in this publication has been developed to assist families and youth with special health care needs and disabilities in exploring work and continuing education.


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Health Care and Transition

Taking responsibility and being able to advocate for one’s own health care will be different for each person.  However, for everyone, self-direction and autonomy are desired outcomes.  For parents who have cared for a child and advocated for their child’s health care, it is a shift to be guiding a teen or young adult as they move through adolescence towards more independence.   

 


 Crucial to this is respecting and supporting an individual’s responsibility for their own health care and their participation in decision-making.  With funding from New York State’s Family to Family Health Care Information and Education Center, the information included in this publication was developed to assist families and youth with special health care needs and disabilities.


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THE WORLD OF WORK: Points for Students to Consider

Parent to Parent of NYS, with funding as NYS Family to Family Health Care Information Center, has developed a guide of points for youth to consider when exploring work and career options.  For a young adult with a disability, there are items to consider before building a career, exploring employment opportunities, or taking a job. To achieve success and prepare for the world of work, it is important to ask  questions and consider particular strategies.


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Planning for the Future

A guide for families and friends of people with developmental disabilities 6th edition, 2006, New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. Most families provide lifelong supports to their family members with a developmental disability. However, if you are like most families you have not planned very far into the future. In fact, seventy-five percent of families with a daughter/son with a disability never plan at all.
 


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