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Kentucky Checklists for a Bright Future

The Kentucky Checklists for a Bright Future offer a one page checklist of the most important things parents and youth can do to prepare for meaningful employment and financial security at each age. The checklists also include the most important resources you need along the way.

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Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 18 Plus years-old (Young Adults)

Download the checklist for assistants of 18 plus year-old young adults ...
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Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 18 Plus years-old (Assistant)

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Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 16-18 years-old (Parent)

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Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 16-18 years-old (Student)

Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 16-18 years-old (Student)

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Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 11-15 years-old (Student)

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Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 11-15 years-old (Parent)

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Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 6-10 years-old

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Kentucky Checklist for a Bright Future: 3-5 years-old

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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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National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making


National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making [link]

Webinars, talks, and essays from experts about how to make choices as you become an adult.

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Introduction and Guide to Supported Decision Making featuring Jonathan Martinis


Introduction and Guide to Supported Decision Making featuring Jonathan Martinis [link]

Video series about making your own choices and becoming more independent.

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I’m Determined


I’m Determined [link]

Website with resources for parents and youth with disabilities about making their own choices. They offer resources and videos about making choices, sticking up for yourself, and understanding your disability.

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Speak Up: Using What You’ve Got to Get What You Want


Speak Up: Using What You’ve Got to Get What You Want [link]

Video about how to speak up to get what you want.

Phone: 301-608-8098

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