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I'm an Individual With a Disability Who is Still in High School

You can start planning your future while you are still in high school! Look through the resources below to learn more about how to get ready for graduation, working life, and opportunities after high school.
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Applying for the Division of Developmental Disabilities

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Available for Download as PDF Handout, High Contrast, Spanish and Plain Text Document Disponible en Español Plain Text: Applying for the Division of Developmental Disabilities The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) provides lots of services to help you live independently in your community. They can help you make decisions about your health, where you live, and where you work. Can DDD
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Arizona Employment First Infographic

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Downloadable as PDF Handout, High Contrast, Spanish, and Plain Text Document Disponible en Español Plain Text: AZ Employment First (EF) means that competitive integrated employment is the expectation for all Arizonans who have a disability. EF IS A… Vision Initiative Movement EF IS NOT A… Program Agency Service Arizona has an Employment First Executive Order (2017) declaring state agencies must
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Road Map to Transitioning in Arizona

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What do you need to know to start planning for life after high school? This handout from the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council can help get you started. Once you think about the questions on the first page, reach out to the resources and services on the second page to learn more!
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Social Security Disability Benefits Resources: Arizona

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) is a government program. You can contact them for information about your benefits, including SSI and SSDI. This page lists the contact information for all the SSA offices in Arizona. These offices include: 18 field offices 3 Offices of Disability Adjudication and Review 2 Offices of Disability Determination Services These offices can help you with questions
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The State of Arizona Transition Slide Guide

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Students with disabilities should start getting ready to transition out of high school when they are between 10 and 12. Students can transition to employment or post secondary education. This chart describes things students should be doing and the supports they need to transition successfully. Activities are broken into four themes across six age groups. Themes include: Self-Determination
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VIDEO: Employment First: Job Opportunities for All!

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What is Employment First? This video describes what it means, what's happening in Arizona, and success stories of integrated competitive employment. This video is also available with an audio description track. The video transcript is below and also available for download. To view the video as an embedded link, visit our Success Stories page. Video Transcript (with Audio Description) -[Voiceover]
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WIOA: It's Your Choice

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Available for Download as PDF in Color, Grey, Spanish and Plain Text Disponible en Español The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a law. WIOA says people who have disabilities have rights. These rights include having information about s elf-determination, self-advocacy , and peer mentoring . This handout will help you understand what those terms mean. It also has a checklist you
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Arizona Technology Access Program

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The Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP) helps people learn about assistive technology. They offer many programs, including: Assistive technology demonstrations Lending out technologies for short-term use Helping you select and obtain the technology that you need An online equipment re-use program Financial loans to help you buy assistive technology Training, education, and technical
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Diverse Ability Incorporated

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Diverse Ability Incorporated offers a variety of workshops for youth who have disabilities across the state throughout the year. We also host Arizona Youth Leadership Forum every summer in several Arizona cities. Youth who have disabilities are the leaders of Diverse Ability Incorporated. They create, teach, and guide our services. Visit their website diverseabilityincorporated.org for more
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Do You Want to Work?

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The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) can help you find and keep a job. This brochure explains what services DDD can provide for you, who can help you, and how to get started. Some of the things DDD can help with are: Person-centered career planning Identifying your strengths Building your skills Information about vocational rehabilitation (VR).