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Youth in Transition Toolkit:


My best life

Advocating for a best life

Disability rights

Does the youth understand civil rights laws for people with disabilities?

Understanding federal civil rights laws — such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) — can empower youth in transition.

  • Awareness: Understand the importance of civil rights and federal civil rights laws for people with disabilities.
  • Exploration: Identify how civil rights impact daily life.
  • Preparation: Practice advocacy skills related to civil rights.
  • Implementation: Advocate for civil rights as needed.

Instruction in self-advocacy

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LEARN: Develop your knowledge

Learn how to support youth in exploring disability rights.

To learn about disability rights, check out this guide to disability rights laws from

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DO: Work with youth

Find resources to help youth explore disability rights.

Draw from PACER's laws and rights toolkit to help youth explore key laws and rights for people with disabilities.

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