Helping youth prepare for their transition into adulthood requires supporting them to build self-advocacy skills. If you are a young adult with a disability, how can you learn to ask for what you want and need? Make decisions about your own life? Know and understand your rights and responsibilities? Ensure accommodations are in place so you can succeed in college? If you are a parent, teacher, or other professional working with young adults with disabilities, how can you nurture these skills?
Join our three expert presenters, all of whom have lived experience as self-advocates, to discover ways of teaching these skills to others and fostering them in yourself. There will be time allotted for audience members to ask questions of the presenters.
Intended audience: Youth and young adults with disabilities, parents and other family members, individuals who support young people in their transition to adult life
Isaac Baldry attended the Montana Youth Leadership Forum in 2008 and works as the Region 1 coordinator for My Transitions. He has been a member of the Rural Institute Consumer Advisory Council since 2008, and has presented on multiple webinars for the Rural Institute. He currently is a private contractor for the Pre-Employment Transition Services Technical Assistance Center at the University of Montana. He is also self-employed as a national speaker focusing on youth issues and technology.
June Hermanson is Program Director for the Montana Youth Leadership Forum and for Montana Youth Transitions. June has a BA in Social Work and a Master's in Education. She has worked in the field of disability issues for over thirty years. June is congenitally disabled and believes her personal experience has assisted her in developing statewide transition programs. She also finds working directly with youth helps keep the focus on the big picture of a coordinated system of transition for all youth with disabilities.
Lauren Beyer is a Project Assistant for the University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities. She has a degree in Political Science and a strong interest in journalism.