lifeskills-resources1 Renting an apartment
Are you looking to rent an apartment for the first time? Chances are, you will have to negotiate a lease agreement. WhatsMyScore.org has a great write up on what a lease is and what you need to know before signing on the dotted line for your first apartment.
lifeskills-resources2 Managing your Personal Assistance Services (PAS)
Are you thinking about starting to manage your Personal Assistance Services (PAS) more independently?  This toolkit provided by The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability helps identify fundamental skills essential for successfully managing your own PAS such as understanding the differences between job-related and personal PAS, evaluating individual readiness to live independently and manage PAS, establishing goals, identifying individual PAS needs, considering a service dog, covering the costs of PAS and more.
lifeskills-resources3 Should you tell them about your disability?
Ever wonder if you should or shouldn’t tell an employer, school or friend about your disability? The 411 on Disability Disclosure workbook helps you make informed decisions about whether or not to disclose a disability and understand how that decision may impact education, employment, and social experiences. Based on the premise that disclosure is a very personal decision, the Workbook helps young people think about and practice disclosing their disability. Be sure to also view the supplement on cyber disclosure. You could be disclosing information without even realizing it online. Provided by The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability.
lifeskills-resources4 Making friends
Friends have a huge impact on your happiness. Good friends relieve stress, provide comfort and joy, prevent loneliness and isolation, and even strengthen your health. But close friendships don’t just happen. Many of us struggle to meet new people and develop quality connections. Whatever your age or circumstances, though, it’s never too late to make new friends, reconnect with old ones, and improve your quality of life… Read more here.
lifeskills-resources5 Making friends even if you feel shy or socially awkward
Do you feel uncomfortable or anxious in social situations? It may feel like you’re the only one, but the truth is that lots of people struggle with shyness and social insecurity. You may think that you’re doomed to a life of awkward social encounters, but you can learn how to be more confident and secure in your interactions with others. You don’t have to change your personality. It’s simply a matter of learning new skills and adopting a different outlook… Read more here.
lifeskills-resources6 Dating and disability
Does it seem more difficult to find love if you have a disability? Many of our interviewees said that, at first, yes. (Of course, when is it ever easy, right?) But they all agreed that once people talk and get past questions or concerns, love is love—sometimes it’s messy but mostly it’s marvelous. And these stories show it. Easter Seals has put together a page of amazing tips, stories and expert advice on love, relationships and intimacy. Read more here.
lifeskills-resources7 How do you build good habits and make them stick?
We all strive to improve something about ourselves. Whether it’s taking medication consistently, eating healthier, not over spending or being a better friend. How do we develop a habit that will help us reach our goals and keep us on track? Lifehack.org has 18 tricks to keep us on track and make habits stick.
lifeskills-resources8 What can you do if you are being bullied?
Bullying is different from the typical disagreements or conflicts that occur between friends or classmates. Find out what the difference is and what you can do about it on the Pacer Center’s Teens Against Bullying site.Bullying is a prominent risk factor for substance abuse and addiction, but the person being bullied isn’t the only one at risk. Learn more about bullying and substance abuse here.
lifeskills-resources9 Become a great communicator
Communication is the way you let other people know about your ideas and feelings. It is much more than just the words you say. Learning how to be a great communicator will help in self advocacy, at school, work and in relationships. Check out how to become a skilled communicator here.
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