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Identifying and Communicating your Support Needs

ELLEN CONDON KIM BROWN ISAAC BALDRY MACLAEN BURNINGHAM

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Strengths & Support Needs


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We all have some things that we are better at than

others:

Some of us are great mechanically, Some of us are very good with math and money, Some of us have great people skills

And we all have areas where we might need support: Help figuring out new technology, Help with a very physically demanding tasks, Help determining our monthly budget.

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How do we learn what we are good at and what helps us be successful?


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People give us feedback about what we are good at

and areas that we need help; our family, employers, IEP team members.
When we try out various work experiences we are

looking at what supports, environment, coworkers, and tasks work or dont work well for us.

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Accommodations
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SUPPORTS PROVIDED TO ENABLE YOU TO PERFORM MORE SUCCESSFULLY.

IF YOU NEED ACCOMMODATIONS TO BE SUCCESSFUL AT WORK YOU NEED TO TALK TO THE EMPLOYER ABOUT WHAT YOU NEED AND WHY YOU NEED IT.

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The 411 on Disability Disclosure


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A WORKBOOK FOR YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES DEVELOPED BY THE NATIONAL COLLABORATIVE ON WORKFORCE AND DISABILITY FOR YOUTH. (2005)

VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO COPY THE WORKBOOK: HTTP://RURALINSTITUTE.UMT.EDU/TRANSITI ON

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Disclosure
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SHARING INFORMATION THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN.


IT IS A PERSONAL DECISION TO SHARE OR NOT TO SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DISABILITY.

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Disclosure
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When you Disclose you are intentionally sharing

personal information about yourself for a purpose.


Think about what you want to disclose, to whom,

and when.
Practice how you will share this information.

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What to Disclose
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How your disability impacts your learning and

performance, & strategies or supports that have helped you in the past.
I have difficulty processing verbal information. I understand directions from my supervisor best if they are written down. I have difficulty being interrupted mid-task. I work best if I can finish one task before being asked to start another. I am easily distracted and work best in my own cubical where I dont see activity going on around me.

Examples:

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Disclosure Example:
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Sometime my speech is difficult to hear and to understand. I use a script that I write myself to prompt me about what to say.
If the person doesnt understand me , I can show them the script.

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Disclosure Example:
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When my job developers

negotiated my tasks at Prudential Missoula they explained to the supervisor that I work best with a list of three different tasks. The hardest task should be first. They also explained that I need to learn to perform the task how you want it done from day one.

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What to Disclose
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I move at my own pace. I do best with tasks that do not have a rushed time constraint.
Some days I might forget the task I am supposed to do next. It would help if one of my coworkers can remind me that I have a task list in my pocket if I look confused. From my wheelchair I can not reach down into the shopping cart to pick up the items that have been returned. If a coworker can put them on my tray I can return them in the store. When I get anxious it helps me to stomp my feet. Where could I do that in the bakery that would cause the cheese cakes to fall?

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What to Disclose
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The environment, supports, and services you will

need in order to access, participate in, and excel at your job, school or in the community.

One supervision who mentors and oversees my performance. A consistent set of tasks that I do every day. A job where I can move around every 45 minutes. Morning hours. A personal assistant who comes with me to work who does the pieces of my job that I can not physically do. A personal assistant who can help me with personal care.

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Carley needed someone to help her take her coat off when she got to work. She also needed someone to place the items to be returned on her 13 wheelchair tray.

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Why Disclose Information about your Disability?


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IN ORDER TO REQUEST ACCOMMODATIONS AT WORK, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO DISCLOSE YOUR DISABILITY. ASKING FOR ASSISTANCE AND EXPLAINING YOUR SUPPORT NEEDS WILL HELP YOU SUCCEED AT YOUR JOB, SCHOOL, AND IN THE COMMUNITY AND GIVE OTHER PEOPLE IDEAS ABOUT WHAT IS HELPFUL TO YOU.

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Graduate of Polson High 2002 Published author Active church member Earned my Eagle Scout Badge in 2000 Organized a community blood drive for my Eagle Scout project Volunteer at high school basketball games

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Won the Administration on Developmental Disabilities logo design contest in 2010 Volunteered at St. Josephs Hospital Advisory Board Member for University of MT, Rural Institute since 2009 Active and committed work group member within the board

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Avid CD, video game and DVD collector Sports Enthusiast


Loyal fan of Pro Baseball, football, basketball, hockey, and wrestling Griz and Polson Pirate supporter

Passion for dogs and cats

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I rent my trailer from my grandfather My parents and teachers helped me learn how to pay rent

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Library St. Joseph Assisted Living Mainsail Video Top 40 Video Odyssey Glass Offices in the county courthouse Linderman School Volunteered at humane society

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Courtesy Clerk at Safeway Library Aide at the local library Organize mailings for Premier Designs

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Provide me with clear instructions, expectations and rules Make sure I have access to a mentor or someone else I can go to with questions or to help me problem solve if I am having a tough time Let me get up and move around or I get sleepy Keep food out of my workspace (otherwise it is hard for me to concentrate) If I start to become frustrated, give me some space; offer to take a walk with me or to talk with me Let me know when Ive done a good job

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Learn about the business ahead of time Get ideas from my friends Ask other people about the business Visit the business informally and check it out Ask to meet with the employer

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My mom is my job coachwe work as a team Mom gives me advice and suggestions I use my Portfolio We talk to employers about my support needs before I start a job I advocate for what I need in order to succeed

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When things go wrong, talk it out as a team and dont hold it inside. Believe in yourself and what you want to do. Never give up. Be positive. Look for blessings.

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Carley

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Identifying Support Needs

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Identifying Support Needs

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Supports to Live on Own

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Supports to Live on Own

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ISAAC BALDRY
Speaker

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Presently I work for: MT-TIRC, Montana Transition Training, Information and Resource Center

MYLF, Montana Youth Leadership Forum Recruiter

Work

Independent Presenter

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Know what you can do, what is hard, and what you need to make it work.

Yes/ No

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2011 REGION 5 PTAC CONFERENCE


I Want to Be Heard

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PRESENTATION

Who What When Where How Details, Details

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I like flying. Even better when they bump me to first class.


United Airlines Flight 6304, Seat 1D. I like the front row.

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I HAVE A JOB!

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LEARNING AS I TRAVEL
Ask For What I Need

Spot On! No Worries. Cheers!


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Making the Move to Managing Your Own PAS: A Toolkit for Youth with Disabilities Transitioning to Adulthood (National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability-Youth)

http://www.ncwd-youth.info/sites/default/files/pastoolkit-052610-print-final.pdf

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