Transition Videos Collection

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How You See Me

“Society doesn’t correlate disability with being attractive… but we CAN be stylish, gorgeous, stunning, and FABULOUS.” For those with a disability, what do you feel makes you a FABULOUS person? How do you think people see you as someone with a disability?

Are You Planning to Vote?

People with disabilities have the right and the responsibility to vote along with everyone else!Prepare for the upcoming election by reviewing the rights that people with disabilities have to accessible voting practices. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires state and local governments to ensure equal opportunities for people with disabilities to vote in all elections. Learn how you can register to vote, find an accessible polling place, and plan for election day at ada.gov.Information particular to New Hampshire
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We’re The Superhumans | Rio Paralympics 2016 Trailer

A 65-scene promotional video for the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Of the 102 people who feature most prominently in the promo, 17 are musicians, 39 are Paralympians and 46 are members of the public. In keeping with the inclusive feel of the video, it features a mix of people from around the world.An interesting critical article for group discussion is I love Channel 4’s Paralympics advert. But we can’t all be superhumans. The theme is that the video shows people with disabilities in a wonderful light, but that the broadcaster’s “there’s no such thing as can’t” message may be unhelpful.Playlist of 13 short profiles of people in the promo video

ADHD: The Musical

ADHD helped Penn Holderness write this song, a parody of Disney’s Under the Sea. Penn has ADHD and celebrates it in videos on their YouTube platform. Also check out their video, Ten ADHD Lifehacks from Penn. The Holderness Family creates original music, song parodies, and skits to poke gentle fun at themselves and the world we live in. There is a serious messages under the fun of their ADHD videos – destigmatize it!

I have Dyslexia, Dysnomia, and ADHD. This is how I deal with these diagnoses.

Dr Cedric Rutland describes how he deals with his diagnoses of dyslexia, dysnomia and ADHD, and the strategies he has developed to thrive in his adult life.

What’s It’s Really Like to Have Autism

Offering a glimpse into the way he experiences the world, Ethan Lisi breaks down misleading stereotypes about autism, shares insights into common behaviors like stimming and masking and promotes a more inclusive understanding of the spectrum. TED talk. 

Dork Dancing: A Mental Health Story

The video is 18 minutes, longer than we usually post. But, it has some great messages about community, the joy of unembarrassed movement, inclusion, and the difference one person can make. Dork dancing is a free dance movement and mental health advocacy campaign where celebration and activism meet for a healthier, happier & more harmonious world. Dork Dancing website

Let me tell you some things parents LOVE about their child’s ADHD

This video is about some things your parents just LOVE about your ADHD. Molly is from southern Australia, has ADHD and autism, and has a YouTube channel to build understanding about ADHD. Most of her videos are 10-15 minutes long; this one was short enough for us to highlight on NextSteps.  Check out her Instagram and Facebook too.

Vote for Access, Episode 1 – Attitudes

If people with disabilities voted at the same rate as non-disabled voters, two million more votes would be cast. Vote for Access is a five-part series addressing the problems with voting for people with disabilities, and some solutions that everyone should know about. Episode 1 is all about attitudes. The other videos play automatically after the first one: Episode 2 – Information, Episode 3 – At the Polls, Episode 4 – Alternatives to Polling Places, Episode 5 – Voter SuppressionFrom Rooted in Rights.

Empathy vs. Sympathy

What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this animated short, Dr Brené Brown describes what empathy is and how to create a genuine empathic connection. If want more, watch Brown’s 7:11-minute video, Emotional Life Advice.

Be a Rainbow in Someone Else’s Cloud

Dr. Maya Angelou shares how she honors those who were kind to her along the way, no matter who they are.  You can also watch an expanded 14-minute version.

What Inclusive Schools Look Like

Video from an Oregon school district, celebrating what inclusive schools look like.

Outta Bed for Class? Or Not?

When we are virtual learning, does it matter if kids get out of bed to attend our class? Behavioral consultant, trainer, and keynote speaker Polly Bath has suggestions for finding your way.

Every Child Needs a Champion

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.'” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.
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A Valuable Lesson for a Happier Life

A professor gives an important lesson about using your time wisely and setting priorities in order to have a fulfilling life. Alternative title: The Mayonnaise Jar.

Breakthrough

Daniel Bergmann, an undergraduate degree candidate at Harvard University with autism, tells the story of how childhood visits to The Met’s koi pond led to the most important breakthrough in his life. It was only when he learned to spell at age twelve, that he could tell his parents about his discovery.

I Sued the School System

A passionate plea to rethink school in the 21st century. More political than our usual choices but an important message.

Identifying Students’ Accommodation Needs

A special education teacher interviews a student to learn more about her academic strengths and weaknesses. The special education teacher introduces the idea of using the read-aloud accommodation in math.
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Mr. D: Raising the Bar Higher

Work develops self-confidence, independence, and self-discipline. A transition educator reflects on his role.

Student-led IEP meeting, from the film “Garrett Shows: I’m in Charge”

Clip from Dan Habib’s film, Garrett Shows: I’m in Charge, showing a student-led IEP meeting.

Employer Reflections on Hiring People with Disabilities

Clip from film, Untapped. It highlights an employer’s perspective on the benefits of hiring people with disabilities. Medtronics, in Arizona, is a Project SEARCH site.

What ADHD Feels Like

Three BuzzFeed employees describe what is feels like to have ADHD, how they treat it, what they wish other people understood, and more.Also check out “17 Illustrations that are Incredibly Real for Anyone with ADHD,” also from BuzzFeed.

I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much

Stella Young was an Australian comedian and journalist who happened to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn’t, she’d like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity.

Busting Myths

Let’s Work! is a video-based initiative coordinated by the California Transition Alliance and funded by the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities Council. Working with young adults who experience disabilities, the California Transition Alliance created a public service announcement about busting myths about people with disabilities. Video Reflection Guide for discussions afterwards

Developing Executive Function With Priority Lists

Explicitly modeling the process of prioritizing tasks builds students’ ability to organize and manage their time.

Mind Matters: Executive Functioning

A quick overview of executive function, your ability to organize and plan.

Disability Disclosure

The South Dakotans you are about to meet live with disabilities. Each decided whether or not to disclose that disability, at school, work and in social settings. The decisions are highly personal, and while these people are willing to disclose, they respect those who choose differently.

College Faculty on Students with Intellectual Disabilities in their Classrooms

College faculty from several states talk about their experience with college students with intellectual disability in their classrooms.

How to Adult When You Have ADHD

Jessica has a video channel with TONS of videos about ADHD. She calls it her ADHD toolbox — a place to keep all the research-based strategies she’s learned about having and living with ADHD. According to the New York Times, she had trouble organizing all the information she was learning, so she turned to YouTube. “Notebooks, no, I lose notebooks. YouTube. I won’t lose YouTube.” New York Times profile on Jessica

If You Want to Change the World, Start by Making Your Bed

Doing small things right leads to doing big things right. Excerpt from a University of Texas at Austin commencement address by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. Focus is on getting up, getting going, and never giving up.

ADHD Sucks, But Not Really

Salif Mahamane, a doctoral student at Utah State University, mixes personal experience with scientific evidence about the silver lining of ADHD. He draws on research findings and evolutionary theory to reframe ADHD and look at the tools it offers in today’s world, like natural brainstorming ability and resiliency.

Living & Loving With Autism | A Very Special Love Story

Young adults David and Lindsey are in love — and each has autism.

People are Far More Than Their Disabilities

A public service announcement that features nine real people with disabilities. Rather than be defined by disability, these individuals are the sum of their many life roles — which includes working in jobs they love.

Intelligent Lives

Preview of a film from Dan Habib that explores how the segregation of people with intellectual disabilities became the norm, why this segregation is slowly being dismantled, and how some people with intellectual disabilities are blazing a bold new path.
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Transition Success: Natalie

At the time of this video, Natalie was a college senior with autism, living on campus, and a member of a sorority. Prior to graduating, she completed a summer internship in California, did volunteer work, and participated in service learning projects.

Benefits of Talking Openly About Mental Health

Stephen, an English rapper, and Freddie, a former captain of the England cricket team, talk about their own experiences of mental health and the benefits of speaking openly. Both came from families where talking about feelings was just not part of their culture. Both were surprised by the acceptance they received when they opened up. From Heads Together, spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

ADHD as a Difference in Cognition, Not a Disorder

Stephen Tonti, a college senior with ADHD, celebrates being “attention-different” as opposed to being attention-deficit.

Strive to be Yourself, Not to be “Normal”

Antoinette, a 9th grader in Utah, identifies some dyslexic geniuses and works to change our perspective on dyslexia.
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How to Disagree with People

Kid President offers six steps to learning how to disagree with people without making everybody feel terrible.

Disability Sensitivity Training

Have you or your friends been in any of these situations? Gentle yet pointed humor, and practical suggestions.

A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit

Can we break bad habits simply by being more curious about them? Learn more about the mechanism of habit development and a tactic that might help you beat your next urge to smoke, snack or check a text while driving.

Ten Ways to Have a Better Conversation

Conversational competence may be one of our most under-taught skills. A radio host shares 10 useful rules for having better conversations, among them: honesty, brevity, clarity and a healthy amount of listening.

Work Early, Work Often: Students

Hear from a young professional how her early work experiences helped lead to long-term success.
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Work Early, Work Often: Employers

Listen to employers discuss how exposing young adults with disabilities to real work experiences can help to meet the needs of a business and improve their bottom line.

Work Early, Work Often: Parents

Watch a powerful story unfold as a mother describes “letting go” when her son entered the world of work.

Thank You, Mom | Tough Love

Students conquer their daily challenges and become masters of their sports. Everyone benefits from an adult who believes in them.
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Kid President’s 20 Things We Should Say More Often

Kid President believes the things we say can help make the world more awesome. Here he shares a list of 20 things we should say more often. What would you add?
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What I’ve Learned from my Autistic Brothers

Faith Jegede tells the story of growing up with her two brothers, both autistic — and both extraordinary. She reminds us to pursue a life beyond what is normal.

I got 99 problems… palsy is just one

An Arab-American comedian takes us on a whistle-stop tour of her adventures as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled.
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Annoying Things People Do

Re-enactments of real-life awkward moments that people with disabilities have experienced when out socializing, dating or at work.
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Student Success: Self Advocacy for Students with Learning Difficulties

Self-advocacy means you solve your own problems.
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Disclosing Your Disability

When should you tell an employer you have a disability? How should you do it? How might employers and co-workers react? Telling others about your disability is an important and sometimes difficult hurdle a person who wants a job must face. See how others handle it.
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Students at the Center: Extended Learning Opportunities at Pittsfield Middle High School

See how students find and explore their own passions outside of the classroom with ELOs. Pittsfield is northeast of Concord, NH.
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A Pep Talk from Kid President to You

We all need a little encouragement every now and then. Kid President, knowing this, has put together a video you can play each morning as you wake up or share with a friend who needs a kick in the right direction.

Normal Sucks

Normal masquerades as a universal human truth. It’s got to go. Difference is essential. Difference is the universal human truth. Every human being has value and every human being has the right to be different. Celebrate the power of different. ‍A new video from Jonathan Mooney.

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Attitude – It’s Your Choice

“Attitude – It’s Your Choice” is about positive and negative attitudes.