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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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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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Arizona Employment First Infographic

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Downloadable as PDF Handout, High Contrast, and Plain Text Document 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 work to improve employment
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Applying for the Division of Developmental Disabilities

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Available for Download as PDF Handout, High Contrast, and Plain Text Document 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 Help Me? To get help from DDD,
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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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WIOA: It's Your Choice

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Available for Download as PDF in Color, Grey, and Text Only 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 can use to help you achieve your
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Social Security Disability Benefits Resources: Arizona

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) is a government program. 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 you have about your Social Security disability application or benefits.
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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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VIDEO: Tucson Unified School District Community Transition Program

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TUSD’s Community Transition Program (CTP) provides high school students with disabilities, ages 18-22, with a seamless transition from school to life as young productive adults. This video shows an example of one Community Transition Program team.
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What Employment First Means to Me Infographic Handout

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Available for download as PDF Handout, High Contrast, and Plain Text Document To learn more, CLICK HERE . Plain Text: Employment First Means... Job Seeker: I have the information and support I need to make my own decisions about working. High Schooler: I have support to plan my future, like job counseling, work-based learning, and advocacy training. Family Member: I work collaboratively with my
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Vocational Rehabilitation Eligibility, Referral, and Roadmap

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This VR Eligibility and Referral Infographic is available for download as a PDF Handout, Plain Text Document, and High Contrast Handout VR Eligibility and Referral Plain Text: Vocational Rehabilitation helps people with disabilities get ready to work, find a job, and keep their jobs. It is sometimes called VR or Voc Rehab. To get help from VR, you MUST: Have a disability Have trouble finding or