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Dating and Relationships

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. 

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Become a Youth Peer Advocate (YPA)

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.

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Casey Life Sills (CLS) Assessment Tool

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.

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Dating Abuse

Dating abuse is a real problem for teens. Visit the Respect Love, Love Respect website to learn about dating abuse, how to stay safe, and things you can do if you are in an unsafe relationship. Take the Healthy Relationships quiz to learn if your relationship is a healthy one.

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Disability Dating: Tips & Advice for Disabled Dating

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.

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Family Life

Can individuals with developmental disabilities be good parents? “Family Life” profiles Clement & Karen Lefebvre and their two children.

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Foster Club's Transition Toolkit

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.

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New York Arc Chapters

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.

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NYC Domestic Violence Hotline

The New York City Domestic Violence Hotline can provide you with information on domestic violence resources in your community.

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NYS Domestic Violence Hotline

The NYS Domestic Violence Hotline can provide you with information on domestic violence resources in your community.

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Self-Advocacy Online

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.

Developed by the Council on Children and Families and Funded by the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council