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Impact: Feature Issue on Parenting Teens and Young Adults with Disabilities

Authors: John Agosta, Judy Barclay, Pam Stenhjem, Kerri Melda (editors)


This newsletter/magazine addresses challenges that parents of adolescents and young adults with disabilities face as they help their sons and daughters prepare for adult life.

From the introduction:

“For the generation of young people with disabilities reaching adulthood today there are ever-expanding opportunities to pursue adult lives that reflect their goals, dreams, ambitions, values, and life visions. And there are still barriers to that achievement – limitations in services, supports, resources, and options. It’s our hope that the articles in this Impact will provide a glimpse of what is possible, offer useful ideas for moving past some of the limitations that get in the way, and support families, teens, and young adults in dreaming big and realizing those dreams.”

The newsletter/magazine has over 20 articles, including:

- Personal stories - the lead article is titled “How to Avoid Being Roadkill on the Road to Transition” and is written by Katherine Carol, a mother to a young woman who has disabilities.

- Articles that explain current research and policy changes such as: “SSA Employment Support Update” and “The Family Life Cycle and Significant Intellectual Disability”

- Articles with practical information for parents, such as: “Learning Life Skills: The Resources Found in Centers for Independent Living” and “Supporting Healthy Adolescent Development for Youth with Disabilities”

- Checklists to give readers information they can use, such as: “Parents’ Suggested Timeline for Transition from School to Life”

Based on information from full text of the newsletter/magazine viewed online on 3/1/2011 (http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/192/default.html)

Contact Info:
Name:Publications Office
Organization:Institute on Community Integration
Address:Room 109 Pattee Hall 150 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
Cost:Free online (PDF and text-only). Print copies also available; 1st copy free, each additional $4

Web Links

Direct Link to Download (PDF)

Issue on Publisher's Website (HTML)

List of Other Impact Issues

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