A thorough understanding of dating and relationships is important for persons with disabilities and often overlooked. Learning to access sex education and talk openly and honestly about sexual health is an important part of growing up. Young people who understand their own bodies, rights, and experiences may find it easier to communicate their needs and have them respected.
Are you a young person who is between the ages of 18 and 30 years old with first-hand experience with mental health, special education, or foster care services? Are you curious about ways you could help a younger person who is facing some of the same challenges you faced?
If so, consider becoming a Youth Peer Advocate (YPA). Learn more about how you can use your own experience with recovery to make a positive impact in another young person’s life.
The Casey Life Skills (CLS) tool is a tool for youth to build their own personal checklist of skills and strengths. It shows them what they know already and what is possible for them to learn in the future. A case worker or mentor needs to help them create a free account.
This site provides a listing of dating tips for men and women with advice ranging from what to do on a first date to places to go when you have landed yourself a date. Dating tips are for all singles looking for romance, but mainly concentrate on disability dating advice.
The FosterClub Transition Toolkit can help foster youth and the adults supporting them develop a comprehensive transition plan. This Transition Toolkit is built around ten different domains (or topics): finances + money management; job + career; life skills; identity; permanence; education; self-care + health; housing; transportation; community; culture and social life. In this Toolkit, each of these domains is shown as a line on a subway map. The “subway” map will give you a look at everything you’ll need to plan for on your way to successful life on your own. The Toolkit also provides with transition planning worksheet templates.
Arc programs continue to be leaders in providing supportive home environments to people with developmental disabilities. Through the Arc, people are able to live in comfortable houses and apartments and are encouraged to become active members of their community. This website provides a directory of all Arc Programs in New York State.
This website provides a directory of self-advocacy groups by state and/or zip code. Contact information and a description of products and services offered as well as the mission statement is listed for each program.
This website also contains many stories from self-advocates, as well as a section to help individuals learn about self-advocacy.
A toolkit that provides easy-to-use tips and strategies to help individuals find, choose and keep high quality direct support professionals is also provided.