Through its Youth Technical Assistance Center, the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability-Youth, ODEP is releasing Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services (PAS): A Toolkit for Youth Transitioning to Adulthood. Whether moving from school or a home setting to work, college, or living on their own, transition-age youth with significant disabilities and their families or friends will benefit from the information and guidance offered by the toolkit as they navigate the complex world of PAS.
Accessing and maintaining long-term supports such as PAS has often been a significant barrier to employment youth and adults with disabilities. This new toolkit assists youth in strengthening some of the most fundamental skills essential for successfully managing their own PAS: effective communication, time-management, working with others, and establishing professional relationships. Such skills are key to not only enhancing independence, but also thriving in the workplace and growing professionally.
The toolkit offers sample worksheets, questions, and charts that provide readers clear, helpful examples of things to consider along the path to greater independence. Stories from real youth and their families give practical insight and guidance for youth with disabilities who want to manage their own PAS.
For more information or to download a Word or PDF version of the toolkit, visit the ODEP's Youth Technical Assistance Center, the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability-Youth.