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SSI 101 Video (The Truth About SSI and Working)

This video covers how youth with disabilities can work and keep their benefits. Created by Jeff White and Carolyn Wheeler.

Helpful links from video above:

More helpful resources:

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Seeing a Brighter Future Handout with Resources for Parents

Download Seeing a Brighter Future Handout with Employment Resources [PDF] (Kentucky Version)

Download Seeing a Brighter Future Handout with Employment Resources [PDF) (National Version)

Download Seeing a Brighter Future Handout with Employment Resources [Word]

Handout to go along with the Seeing a Brighter Future curriculum to give parents the vision of employment for students with significant intellectual disabilities and practical steps to take throughout the school years to prepare for the world of work. This handout includes activities and a resource list for families and individuals.

Development of this curriculum was supported by a U.S. Administration on Community Living grant, (90DNEM0004-01-00) for the KentuckyWorks project. 

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Brighter Futures Vision Statement: Template and Tutorial Video

If you are getting ready for a school meeting or a meeting with your transition coordinator, you can use a paper like this to share your ideas about the future. You can talk about your goals and dreams, your strengths, your challenges, what works for you, and what doesn’t work for you. Thanks to Tiffany Stafford for sharing this idea with us for younger students! She gives instructions on how to make your own vision statement here.

Brighter Futures Vision Statement Tutorial Video

Educators and parents can also watch a video about how to prepare a vision statement with a student below:

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Your Next Star Campaign (Massachusetts Down syndrome Congress)

Your Next Star Campaign for employers (Massachusetts Down syndrome Congress) [link]

Wonderful website featuring strategies for hiring people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities, success stories of employment, resources, frequently asked questions, and a blog about topical concerns and interesting employment news.

“Your Next Star” webpage for people with disabilities.