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Think About Your Life: Person Centered Thinking Tools - Online Toolkit

These informal, person centered thinking tools, created by The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices and the Inclusion Movement, were developed by cancer survivors to help individuals find empowerment or a sense of control in their experience. The website offers a number of on-line tools and worksheets that could be useful to individuals with disabilities and those who support them. Workshops, coffee chats and consultation sessions are offered as a way to help people use the tools.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52778

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Toolkit for Making Written Material Clear and Effective

Use this health literacy toolkit to make written material in printed formats easier for people to understand and use. Though the main focus is on material intended for use by individuals eligible or enrolled in programs, the guidelines also apply to material created for people who serve or assist them. The toolkit has 11 parts, including guidelines for writing and design, methods for testing with readers, and guidelines for translation.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52764

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Disability Benefits 101 (DB 101) – Online Resource

DB101 provides online tools, resources and information on health coverage, work and benefits for people with disabilities and those supporting them. Four states (California, Minnesota, Michigan and New Jersey) have their own sites, which include benefits calculators to help individuals understand how a job may affect total income and health coverage, or whether they may qualify for specific state programs. The resource is a product of the Employment and Disability Benefits Initiative.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52758

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Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) and the Role of the Aging Network - Website

AoA's website now provides easy access to key resources for Aging Network providers working with HECM borrowers. As of 2011, HECM mortgagees who are delinquent in property cost payments will receive a letter from their lender regarding payment of these costs. Many of these older mortgagees can turn to the Aging Network for assistance. Resources available on the web page include background information, summary information, and an FAQ that may be used with consumers.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52753

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Supporting the Supervisor: Helpful Information for Information & Assistance Supervisors - Toolkit

The information and assistance (I&A) service is a cornerstone of the ADRC. This guide provides tools that I&A supervisors can use to cultivate, mentor and maintain a top-notch team of professionals. It incorporates tools developed and used by two ADRC’s in Wisconsin, and includes tools for recruitment and hiring, ongoing communication, training, and performance feedback and appraisal. A number of sample forms are provided.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52750

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A Guide to Understanding Adult Guardianship and Guardianship Alternatives in Maine – Online Tutorial

Help preserve an individual's right to make decisions about their life. Find the least restrictive ways to provide them with care, supervision and support they need. This resource is both a course and a reference guide to help people learn about guardianship and its alternatives to help make informed decisions. While geared towards friends and family, care coordinators, support staff, case managers and attorneys may find the information useful as a review and reference for their clients.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52737

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Youth Transition Toolkit - California

Find seven practical,person-centered planning tools for transition planning for youths with disabilities. This toolkit is for youths with disabilities ages 12-18+, with the ultimate goal of easing the transition from junior high school into high school, then on to college and/or employment. Included is information on developing Individualized Education Programs, 504 plans, Individual Transition Plans and more.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52724

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Return-to-Work Toolkit for Employees & Employers - Website

Effective return-to-work approaches can help employees work while still recuperating, protecting their earning power and boosting an organization's output. In many instances, work itself plays an important role in the recovery process. The Office of Disability Employment Policy has developed an online toolkit to help both employers and employees understand the return-to-work process and provide resources to assist in getting employees back on the job quickly and smoothly.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52717

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Charting The Course: Supporting the Career Development of Youth with Learning Disabilities

Drawing on techniques from both educational and workforce systems, this guide introduces a comprehensive systematic approach for supporting youth with learning disabilities. It reflects a “disability rights” perspective and discusses federal rights to assistive technology, considerations in effective disclosure of a disability, and information on accessing civil rights protections in various settings. Find in-depth information, including numerous charts, tables, and tools.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52698

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Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services (PAS): A Toolkit for Youth with Disabilities Transitioning to Adulthood

Find a clearly written, user-friendly manual developed for use by an individual transitioning into greater independence and adulthood. The toolkit provides comprehensive guidance on planning for personal assistance services and transitioning to independent living. A number of personal stories are included, along with useful questionnaires, checklists, goal development guides, sample plans, activities of daily living worksheets, and extensive PAS hiring, management and training information.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/52666

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