ERIC Number: ED370312
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Living Your Own Life: A Handbook for Teenagers by Young People and Adults with Chronic Illness or Disabilities.
Roberts, Nicole; And Others
This book aims to provide teenagers with chronic illnesses or disabilities with useful information, moral support, and understanding as they make the transition to adulthood. It points out that although individuals with disabilities may want and need others for support, they can still live independently and make choices in all areas of their lives. Several young adults share their experiences and views on managing their lives, focusing on emotional adjustment, healthy lifestyles, planning for the future, setting realistic goals, understanding the importance of good communication, knowing their legal and human rights and being a self advocate, and exploring the need for relationships and physical affection. Step-by-step suggestions for preparing for independent living are offered. These suggestions address health insurance, Supplemental Security Income, employment, housing, independent living skills, postsecondary education, and recreation. Chapter titles include: "Living Your Own Life: You Are the Expert,""Health Is More Than Medicine,""Thinking about the Future: Am I That Different?,""Feeling Invisible: Communicating Effectively,""What Are My Rights?,""Sharing Life: The Human Need for Love and Affection," and "The Journey Continues." An appendix lists State Medicaid agencies, State programs for children with special health needs, Parent Training and Information Centers, Centers for Independent Living, vocational rehabilitation programs, and client assistance projects. (JDD)
Descriptors: Adaptive Behavior (of Disabled), Adolescents, Chronic Illness, Civil Rights, Communication Skills, Decision Making, Disabilities, Emotional Adjustment, Goal Orientation, Independent Living, Individual Development, Interpersonal Relationship, Life Style, Planning, Resources, Self Advocacy, Sexuality, Young Adults
PACER Center, 4826 Chicago Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55417-1098 ($8).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Bureau of Maternal and Child Health and Resources Development.
Authoring Institution: PACER Center, Inc., Minneapolis, MN.