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Top ten tips

  1. Know who you are, what you like and what you want. Read more »
    Take time to get to know yourself. Get involved with school and community activities to discover your interests, skills and values.
  2. You probably have more strengths than you think you do. Read more »
    Compare your own list of strengths with what your family or friends view as your strengths. Talk with your teacher and guidance counselor to identify even more.
  3. What you don’t like is just as important as what you do like. Read more »
    Figure out what you don’t like to help you make your career choice.
  4. You can’t get there without knowing where you are going! Read more »
    Goals help you get what you want, improve your performance and keep you motivated.
  5. Having a disability doesn’t totally define who you are. Read more »
    You can learn to accept and appreciate differences in people, get and use accommodations, and creatively get things done in a nontraditional way.
  6. Figure out how you learn best. Read more »
    Use your learning style to make the most of your time, choose between two instructors and still have some time left over for fun.
  7. Communication is the key to getting what you want. Read more »
    For example, clearly state what you need, listen to what others think and negotiate your differences.
  8. Your interests, skills and abilities are ever changing. Read more »
    Talk with your friends, family and teachers about ways to explore new endeavors.
  9. Create your own success story. Read more »
    Many people with disabilities set and reach their goals in life. Self knowledge, using your strengths and advocating for your needs make a winning combination.
  10. Need practice for college? Read more »
    Start with your IEP meeting. Know what your rights are in high school and begin expressing your interests, desires and preferences.