Resources for Parents and Guardians

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ActiveMinds Active Minds empowers students to change the perception about mental health on college campuses.
Arizona Apprenticeship Office The Arizona Apprenticeship system is a voluntary, industry-driven system of on-the-job training and related technical instruction, approved by the State of Arizona, sponsored by employers, employer associations, and jointly by management and labor. An apprentice, as an employee, receives supervised, structured, on-the-job work experience combined with related technical instruction in a specific occupation.
[email protected] [email protected] here to help job seekers like you. They have the services and programs you need to find, prepare for and keep the right job. Every day, they help people all around Arizona—of all ages and skill levels—connect with employment opportunities in a variety of industries.
Arizona Career Information System (AZCIS) AZCiS offers practical learning activities that assist and support self-exploration and career exploration opportunities.
Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education (ACPE) The mission of the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education (ACPE) is to expand access and increase successes in postsecondary education for Arizonans.
Arizona Department of Child Safety The Arizona Department of Child Safety is a human service organization dedicated to achieving safety, well-being and permanency for children, youth and families through leadership and the provision of quality services in partnership with communities.
Arizona ECAP and the  IEP On February 25, 2008, the Arizona State Board of Education approved Education and Career Action Plans for all Arizona students in grades 9–12.
Arizona Report Cards Welcome to Arizona Report Cards, the Arizona Department of Education’s new comprehensive school report card system. Explore the site to find details about school, district or charter holder performance, demographics, and more.
Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council The vision of the AZSILC is inclusive, accessible communities that value differences. AZSILC aims to promote the equality, inclusion, and choice for people with disabilities through collaboration and public policy change.
Arizona Youth Leadership Forum While attending AZYLF, youth, referred to as Delegates, will complete a personal discovery curriculum, designed to raise self-awareness and lead to goal setting in the areas of personal development, disability awareness, leadership and career planning.
ASU Disability Resource Center The Disability Resource Center provides services to qualified students with disabilities on all ASU campuses
ASVAB Career Exploration tools The ASVAB Career Exploration Program provides high quality, cost-free career exploration and planning materials and services to high school students throughout the nation.
Autism Spectrum News Subscribe to Autism Spectrum News for current events related to ASD.
AZ Autism United Arizona Autism United serves hundreds of children every day throughout the valley with a wide variety of therapies and supports. 
AZ Center for Disability Law (ACDL) The Arizona Center for Disability Law (the Center) is a federally-designated Protection and Advocacy System for the State of Arizona.  Protection and Advocacy Systems (P&As) throughout the United States assure that the human and civil rights of persons with disabilities are protected. 
AZ Centers for Independent Living (CILs) The goal of CILs is to promote and support opportunities for people with disabilities to fully participate in an integrated community and search for the possibilities to live as they choose.
AZ Colleges / Universities List of public AZ colleges & universities
AZ Department of Economic Security (DES) The Arizona Department of Economic Security promotes the safety, well-being, and self-sufficiency of children, adults, and families. Every child, adult, and family in the state of Arizona will be safe and economically secure.
AZ Promising Practices- Educating Students with Disabilities This website provides research to practice guidelines, strategies, and resources to support professionals and parents in improving results for students with disabilities. 
AZ Spinal Cord Injury Association We’re proud to be a chapter of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The Foundation provides lots of great information and resources to individuals affected by paralysis.
AZ State Postsecondary Financial Aid Resources USA Funds: Supporting America’s Students & Higher Education Since 1960. Arizona offers outstanding higher-education programs that are affordable and close to home. With three state universities, private colleges, comprehensive community colleges, and career colleges, Arizona higher education provides a broad range of options from which to choose.
Behavioral Health Resources Website offers support and resources for the following areas: abuse, addiction, body image issues, a break-up, loss, digital drama, discrimination, LGBTQ issues, money problems, self-injury, trauma, and veteran issues.
Brain Injury Alliance Arizona  The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona Website is committed to providing good, useful information about brain injury.
Bureau of Labor Statistics Bureau of Labor Statistics history, games & quizzes, student and teacher resources
Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections Employment Projections Tables by occupation, industry, labor force, aggregate economy and education and training
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs ADE website link that reviews CTE Program information
CAREER ONESTOP Pathways to Career Success Occupation Information, Industry Information, State Information and Career Tool Guides
Career Readiness Online Modules This course will help users improve basic skills for job readiness.  The career development process includes awareness, exploration, preparation, and application of those skills, culminating in life-long career management.
Center for Parent and Information Resources Welcome to the Resource Library that the CPIR is compiling for the Parent Center network!  Find resources of interest to you through the quick-find links (just below) or through the dynamic “Search for Resources” feature, which will let you filter your results by format, audience, and producer.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention What does a Hearing Loss Sound Like?
College Depot College Depot is a free, full-service college access center located at the Burton Barr Central Library in downtown Phoenix. Our team of college planning advisors and assistants offer one-on-one appointments and workshops regarding admissions, financial aid, and scholarships. 
College Scorecard A data tool that allows prospective students to view and compare info about colleges and universities
Community Information and Referral Services AZ 2-1-1 Community Information and Referral Services transforms lives by linking individuals and families to vital community services throughout Arizona. It is our vision that all Arizonans are easily connected to available health and human services in their communities. 
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Depression and bipolar disorder can be isolating illnesses, but DBSA support groups can help you connect with others who have been there as well. Visit a DBSA support group and get the support that is essential to recovery.
Developmental Disability News The Premier Source for Developmental Disability News
Dictionary of Occupational Titles DOT offers a wealth of information on various careers in support of the career exploration process.
Disability Benefits 101 Disability Benefits 101 gives you tools and information on health coverage, benefits, and employment. You can plan ahead and learn how work and benefits go together. The site connects people with disabilities, their families and caregivers to helpful resources on topics such as how to apply for disability benefits, find a job, get health care or pay for accessible housing. You can also find organizations in your community to help you get the support you need.
Division of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS) Learn how to access behavioral health services in Arizona
Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) DES provides supports and services to over 32,000 people with developmental disabilities and their families throughout Arizona.
Division on Career Development & Transition (DCDT) The mission of DCDT is to promote national and international efforts to improve the quality of and access to, career/vocational and transition services, increase the participation of education in career development and transition goals and to influence policies affecting career development and transition services for persons with disabilities. 
Driver’s License Services ADOT offers driver license practice tests and manual.
Driving to Independence Valley Center of the Deaf (VCD) is a community-based organization that empowers Deaf and hard of hearing individuals to live independently and achieve their personal goals. 
Earn to Learn Earn to Learn is a collaborative effort between the Arizona Board of Regents, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona. Eligible students who save $500 and are admitted to one of these schools are eligible for a university match of $4,000. The universities work with Earn to Learn to apply for funds through Assets for Independence, a program of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Entry Level Jobs Getting an entry level job or starting a new career can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be. Often sheer determination is not enough, you also need a wealth of resources and knowledgeable guidance. You will have full access to these resources and guidance here.
Famous People with Disabilities Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have a disability? Kid’s Corner will introduce disability related topics to children.
Federal Student Aid An office of the U.S. Department of Education, federal Student Aid makes it easier to get money for higher education.
Foundation for Blind Children (FBC) Foundation For Blind Children believes that vision loss is a diagnosis, not a disability. FBC serves all ages, from cradle to career, and families across the Valley who have been effected by vision loss and blindness.
Genesee Transition Resources This website provides students, parents, and professionals with secondary transition resources related to post-secondary goals, planning timelines, community participation, life skills, recreation/leisure, self-advocacy, self-determination, and financial supports/services.
Getting Hired Empowering individuals and veterans with disabilities to get hired
Going to College Learn how to use your strengths, learning style and interests to set goals for college. Learn what to expect in college and what professors will expect from you. Tips for good grades, accommodations and using technology. Learn what you can do now to prepare for and apply to college.
Going2College On this site, you will find information about postsecondary education opportunities, preparing for college, planning for a career, finding and applying to college, and paying for college. 
Goodwill Career Centers and Services Goodwill Employment Management System Goodwill Career Center services 
Guide to the Affordable Care Act The Affordable Care Act on the Practical Level: What Are the Key Programs of Significance to People with Disabilities? What Disability Focused Advocacy is Needed Right Now?
Helping Youth Build Work Skills for Job Success: Tips for Parents and Families

This InfoBrief addresses the need for youth to acquire work skills and offers strategies parents and families can use to work with their youth to develop skills that lead to success on the job. This InfoBrief also includes information on how to incorporate work skill development into school documents, such as the Individualized Education Program and the Summary of Performance.

Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success: Tops for Parents and Families

This InfoBrief discusses the importance of soft skills and offers strategies parents and families can use to help their child develop skills for employment success.

I’m Determined This project facilitates youth, especially those with disabilities to undertake a measure of control in their lives, helping to set and steer the course rather than remaining the silent passenger.
Individualized Learning Plans Across the U.S. An Individualized learning plan (ILP) is both a document and a process that students use – with support from school counselors, teachers, and parents – to define their career goals and postsecondary plans in order to inform the student’s decisions about their courses and activities throughout high school.
Individualized Learning Plans Fact Sheet (Education and Career Action Plans/ ECAP) An Individualized learning plan (ILP) is both a document and a process that students use – with support from school counselors, teachers, and parents – to define their career goals and postsecondary plans in order to inform the student’s decisions about their courses and activities throughout high school.
Individualized Learning Plans Fact Sheet (Education and Career Action Plans/ ECAP) Kick start your ILP (Individualized learning Plan)
Information and Technical Assistance on ADA offers information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act
Information on Various Assessments Applying Post-secondary Transition Strategies and Assessments
Job Accommodation Network (JAN) The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.
Job Corps  Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life. A safe place to learn and play for kids, teens, parents and Teachers.
LD Online LD OnLine seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD.
Legal Options Manual The purpose of this manual is to advise people with disabilities, their families and caregivers about different options available when an adult with a developmental disability needs the assistance of someone else in a legally recognized fashion in one or more facets of his or her life. It is not intended as a substitute for legal advice. Federal and state law can change at any time.
Linea & Cinda–Authors of Perfect Chaos, Speakers & Advocates Behavioral Health Resources and Supports/ Crisis Line
Linkages Contribute to the economy by linking employers with qualified candidates to ensure every person with a disability has an opportunity for employment.
March2Success  March 2 Success is a FREE website providing our users access to online study materials to help improve their scores on standardized tests
Maricopa County Human Services Department Our mission is to provide and coordinate essential support and social services to vulnerable populations to enhance economic, educational, and social opportunities and strengthen communities.
Medicaid-Marketplace Welcome to, your one-stop-shop for Federal policy and program information about Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Basic Health Program.
Meeting Kids Social & Emotional Needs Free Spirit has had the same mission for more than 30 years: to provide children and teens—and the adults who care for and about them—with the tools they need to think for themselves, overcome challenges, and make a difference in the world.
Mental Health Resources The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA)mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
Minimum Wage The Unites States Department of Labor offers information on Minimum Wage and Overtime Premium Pay Standards Applicable to Nonsupervisory NONFARM Private Sector Employment for both states and jurisdictions.  States with minimum wage rates below, at or above the federal minimum wage are identified; states that have a special minimum wage rate or that do not have minimum wage laws are also identified. Information updated January 2016.
NAMI Signature Programs Fostering public education about mental illnesses
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. – See more at:
National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) NCCP uses research to inform policy and practice with the goal of ensuring positive outcomes for the next generation.
National Center for Medical Home Implementation A medical home is an approach to providing comprehensive primary care that facilitates partnerships between patients, clinicians, medical staff, and families.
National Center for Special Education Research This is a list of links to programs and research related to special education and disability issues.
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition Creating Opportunities for Youth With Disabilities to Achieve Successful Futures
National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities Resources for Parents Resources for Parents 
National Multiple Sclerosis Society The National MS Society is working toward a world free of MS. We mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.
National Technical Assistance Center for Transition (NTACT) NTACT’s purpose is to assist State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, State VR agencies, and VR service providers in implementing evidence-based and promising practices ensuring students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment.
NAU Disability Resources Disability Resources (DR) cooperates with students, faculty, staff, and the campus community at Northern Arizona University to promote a universally-designed environment for the full inclusion of people with disabilities.
Navigating the Road to Work; Making the Connection between Youth with Disabilities & Employment  Tapping into the Power of Families: How Families of Youth with Disabilities Can assist in Job Search & Retention
notMYkid Youth, Parent & Family Support Programs Empower and educate youth, families, and communities with the knowledge and courage to identify and prevent negative youth behavior.
O*Net Welcome to your tool for career exploration and job analysis! O*NET Online has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!
Occupational Outlook Handbook The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) This site can help you prevent job-related injuries and illnesses.
Office of Children with Special Health Care Needs(OCSHCN) To continuously improve comprehensive systems of care that enhances the health, future and quality of life for children and youth with special health care needs and their families.
One-Stop Service Center Locator One-Stop Centers provide free services including; job placement, skills assessments, job training, career counseling, resume development and more to job seekers.
Online Community for Youth Childhood meets adulthood on line community for teens
Parenting for Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury Article on how TBI affects parenting
Parents Education Network (PEN) We are a parent led, non-profit, resource and support organization
Pepnet2 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Pn2 Help is your one-stop shop for answers to your specific questions about working with deaf or hard of hearing individuals.
Person Centered Planning Education Site In this site you will find: an overview of the person-centered planning process, a self-study course, a quiz section, readings and activities, and various links and downloadable resources.
Personal Preference Indicators A Guide for Planning: Preferences, Choices & Self-determination
Procedural Safeguards (English) IDEA Part B Procedural Safeguards Notice for the state of  Arizona
Procedural Safeguards (Spanish) IDEA Sección B Aviso de las Salvaguardias Procesales para el Estado de Arizona
Project SEARCH Project SEARCH is a business-led collaboration that enables young adults with disabilities to gain and maintain employment through training and career exploration.
Raising Special Kids Raising Special Kids exists to improve the lives of children with the full range of disabilities, from birth to age 26, by providing support, training, information and individual assistance so families can become effective advocates for their children.
Read On Arizona Map Read On Arizona partners created MapLIT, an interactive mapping tool as a “one stop” resource to identify key data sets (census, school, health, family engagement) that impact early literacy outcomes in communities. Read On Arizona’s MapLIT provides communities with graphic views of select data for all Arizona public/charter elementary school and preschool site locations.
Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program The Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP™) is a high-tech, career-focused mentoring model developed and led by the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Center for Workforce Development. 
Real Life Stories and Resources for Parents List of resources that offers material you can use to become more informed about learning disabilities
Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities A Resource Guide for Employers looking to hire People with Disabilities
Research Data Assistance Center (ResDAC) Understanding and interpreting Medicare and Medicaid program policies and coverage 
Self Disclosure in Employment: A Guide for Individuals with Disabilities Self-Disclosure in Employment: A Guide for Individuals with Disabilities
Shelly Saves the Future: A Story of Career Development Informational Comic “Shelly Saves the Future: A Story of Career Development” Informational Comic
Should I Disclose my Learning Disability to an Employer? Disclosure of disability, recommendations
Skills Inventory Online Skills Inventory
Skills USA SkillsUSA provides educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms.
Soft Skills to Pay the Bills — Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success “Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success,” is a curriculum developed by ODEP focused on teaching “soft” or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities.
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center SARRC is leading the way to better understand, treat, and improve life for people with autism. 
Strength of Us StrengthofUs is an online community designed to empower young adults with mental health issues.
Suicide Prevention Resources suicide prevention supports
Test Prep Review – Your Source for Free Online Practice Tests
The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities is designed for youth and adults working with them to learn about disability disclosure.
The Balanced Mind Parent Network Flipswitch is dedicated to helping teens & 20s understand depression and bipolar disorder.
The Guideposts to Success The Guideposts reflect what research has identified as key educational and career development interventions that can make a positive difference in the lives of all youth, including youth with disabilities.
The Job Center Learning about Work and Learning it’s Important
The Why, When, What, and How of Disclosure in an Academic Setting, After High School Recommendations for Disclosure of Disability after High School
Think College Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with  intellectual disability. 
Transition Coalition  Providing online information, support, and professional development on topics related to the transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities.
Transition Universe Information, Resources and Inspiration for Educators, Parents and Transition Youth
Transitioning to College Whether you need help picking a school that is the best fit, are looking for tips on managing stress once on campus, or want guidance in making a smooth transition for a student dealing with an issue like depression, this site has the tools and information you need. 
U of A Disability Resource Center DRC is the campus department designated by the University to determine and provide access to University classes, programs and activities for disabled individuals. Through an interactive process, we will facilitate access either through a reasonable accommodation or by redesigning aspects of a University experience. Our processes are designed to be convenient for students.
Understanding the New Vision for Career Development: The Role of the Family It is important that families begin the discussion with the youth about choosing a career long before high school graduation. To facilitate this conversation and make it more productive, this brief provides information for families about the three phases of career development: self-exploration, career exploration, and career planning and management.
Untapped Arizona We are a network of organizations partnering together in an effort to support Arizona businesses in meeting their workforce needs by tapping into the labor pool of individuals with disabilities.
US Department of Housing  and Urban Development HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.
Using Career Interest Inventories to Inform Career Planning This Innovative Strategies Practice Brief provides practical examples and resources used by promising and exemplary youth programs to conduct career interest inventories with youth. 
Valley Center for the Deaf Valley Center of the Deaf (VCD) is a community-based organization that empowers Deaf and hard of hearing individuals to live independently and achieve their personal goals. 
Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center SpoFit’s mission is to provide exceptional adaptive sports, recreation, aquatic and fitness programs that promote the independence, health and overall well being of people with disabilities and their family members.
Vocational Information Center Explore vocational and technical careers, check out the skills employers really want, find a trade school, research technical topics and take a look at the current job market within the Vocational Information Center.
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) The Vocational Rehabilitation program provides a variety of services to persons with disabilities, with the ultimate goal to prepare for, enter into, or retain employment. 
What is Indicator 13? Indicator 13 Basics
Youth Rules! YouthRules! is an initiative to promote positive and safe work experiences for teens by distributing information about young workers to youth, parents, employers and educators. Components of the initiative include a website, printed materials, outreach events, training seminars and partnering activities.