New Guide: Managing your own Personal Assistance Services

The Office on Disability and Employment Policy has developed a guide for youth with disabilities transitioning to adulthood:

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

Whether moving from school or a home setting to work, college, or living on their own, transition-age youth and their families or friends would benefit from the information and guidance offered by the toolkit.  Sample worksheets, questions, and charts provide readers clear, helpful examples of things to consider along the path to greater independence.  And stories from real youth and their families give practical insight and guidance for youth with disabilities who want to manage their own PAS.
Topics covered include:

  • Understanding the differences between job-related and personal PAS;
  • Evaluating individual readiness to live independently and manage PAS;
  • Establishing goals in transitioning to greater independence;
  • Identifying individual PAS needs;
  • Considering a service dog;
  • Advertizing for, interviewing, and hiring personal assistants;
  • Covering the costs of PAS;
  • Managing and training assistants;
  • Handling awkward moments with personal assistants;
  • Recognizing abusive situations; and
  • Firing personal assistants.

The guide is available to download free of charge at http://www.ncwd-youth.info/PAS-Toolkit

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