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Here are recommended books, workbooks, articles and catalogs to help in your search for different resources. A listing of other publications can be found on the publications page at the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities web site.


Books, Workbooks and Articles:

Access For All: A Resource Manual for Meeting the Needs of One-Stop Customers with Disabilities. Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts - Boston. Training and staff development tool to improve the delivery of employment services for people with disabilities.

It's My Choice, William Allen, Ph.D. Produced by the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities. Workbook designed specifically people with developmental disabilities to guide future planning.

Keys to the Workplace: Skills and Supports for People with Disabilities, Michael J. Callahan and J. Bradley Garner. For employment facilitators, rehabilitation professionals, job developers, special educators, and families, this book is both a testimony and a tool for ensuring appropriate, self-directed employment for people with disabilities.

Six Steps to Employment for People with Disabilities, Wayne Forster, Cambridge Educational Press. Detailed information career identification, resume building and interviewing skills for people with disabilities.

More Than a Job: Securing Satisfying Careers for People with Disabilities, Paul Wehman & John Kregel. Consumer-driven book provides professionals with step-by-step strategies for helping people with physical and developmental disabilities find meaningful employment.

Full Life Ahead: Workbook and guide to adult life for students and families of students with disabilities. Southeast Regional Resource Center, Auburn University - Montgomery, Montgomery, AL. Practical, hands-on guide to futures planning written in simple, easy to understand terms. Contact the Full Life Ahead Foundation at 866-700-2026.

What Color Is Your Parachute 2003: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career. Richard Nelson Bolles. A highly-regarded manual for job-hunters and career changers.

Job-Hunting Tips for the So-Called Handicapped, Richard Nelson Bolles. A follow-up to the classic What Color is Your Parachute?, this motivational book focuses on ability thinking and understanding the employer's viewpoint.

Partnership: The Transforming Force in Rural Rehabilitation. Adult Community Services and Supports Department at the University of Montana Rural Institute. Issues related to employment of people with disabilities in rural areas, including self-employment strategies and using government programs.

Self-Directed Employment: A Handbook for Transition Teachers and Employment Specialists. Detailed information, worksheets and practical information on self-directed employment.

Free Agent Nation: How America's New Independent Workers are Transforming the Way We Live. Daniel H. Pink. Shows how "free agents" are shaking up how we view work.

I Could Do Anything: If I Only Knew What It Was. Barbara Sher. A guide to finding a rewarding career.

Employment Resource Catalogs:

Disabilities and Rehabilitation Video Programs Catalog/Fall 2002

The Nth Degree. Information and stories about inclusion, networking, and collaboration; and a catalog featuring t-shirts, banners, posters, and buttons with fun and humorous sayings. Available at:

Program Development Associates Catalog; Videos, books, CD-ROMs

2003 Red Book on Employment Support. Social Security Administration. An annual summary guide to employment support available to people with disabilities under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income Programs. Available at:

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Books, Workbooks and Articles:

The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child. Authored by Lawrence M. Siegel. Publisher: Nolo, May 2004. Practical information to help parents understand special education law, prepare for the IEP meeting, develop an effective IEP and resolve disputes.

Developing Educationally Relevant IEPs: A Technical Assistance Document for Speech-Language Pathologists. Published by the Council for Exceptional Children, 2000. Provides information to assist speech-language pathologists in developing the IEP as IEP team members and in implementing those portions of the IEP for which they are responsible.

Disability Equality in the Classroom: A Human Rights Issue. Authored by Richard Rieser and Micheline Mason and published by Disability Equality and Education, 1992. Perspectives on special education in the United Kingdom presented through personal stories and "best practices."

Exceptional Lives: Special Education in Today's Schools. Authored by Rud Turnbull, Ann Turnbull, Marilyn Shank and Sean J. Smith, published by Pearson Education, 2004. Textbook for preparing special educators to create effective, inclusive special education programs. Text includes overview of IDEA and the special education system, as well as techniques for maximizing the education of children with specific disabilities. Personal stories are also featured.

How to Get Services by Being Assertive. Published by the Family Resource Center on Disabilities, 1993. Practical, easy-to-read and apply communication techniques for improving assertiveness and other negotiating skills.

Including Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities in Typical Classrooms: Practical Strategies for Teachers. Published by Paul H. Brookes Publishing, 1996. Experts in the field offer best practices and suggestions for educating children with severe disabilities in an inclusive education environment. Includes discussion of peer interactions, natural supports and the appropriate role of adults.

Inclusion: A Guide for Educators. Authored by Susan Stainback and William Stainback. Publisher: Paul H. Brookes Publishing, 1996. Practical suggestions for fostering positive and productive classroom interactions and working with students, parents and school staff to create collaborative education solutions for children with disabilities.

Inclusive and Heterogeneous Schooling: Assessment, Curriculum and Instruction. Published by Paul H. Brookes Publishing, 1995. Collection of essays on collaboration, friendships, supportive classroom and identifying an inclusive school.

It's My Choice... Developed by the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities. Workbook designed to help individuals with developmental disabilities and parents of children with developmental disabilities make the choices best suited to their specific needs and situations.

Leadership Jazz, February 2006. More than 15 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, physical and functional barriers to full accessibility still exist in schools for students with disabilities. This article includes suggestions for removing those barriers and more effectively providing services to students with disabilities. Acrobat pdf article

Negotiating the Special Education Maze: A Guide for Parents and Teachers. Authored by Winifred Anderson, Stephen Chitwood and Deidre Hayden and published by Woodbine House, 1997. Practical guide for parents navigating the special education system. Includes excellent overview of the process, explanation of educational rights, as well as practical suggestions, checklists and other hands-on opportunities to become involved in the special education process.

Rights to Regular Education, by Kids Together, Inc. Children with disabilities are first and foremost children, worthy of equal respect, opportunities, treatment, status and place. Click here for complete text:

Stories of Leadership. Published by the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, 2002. Features profiles of Partners in Policymaking graduates who have been instrumental in improving the lives, education and future of persons with developmental disabilities.

Teaching Children with Mental Retardation. Authored by Harold L. Kleinert, Ed.D. and Jacqui Farmer Kearns, Ed.D. with invited contributors. Published by Paul H. Brookes Publishing, 2002. Outlines informal and formal curriculum adaptations for children with mental retardation and includes a discussion of parent/family involvement.

The Guide: NASDDDS Handbook on Inclusive Meetings and Presentations. This Handbook provides guidelines to help assure that self advocates can participate in meeting discussions and contribute in meaningful ways by expressing their own points of view. Acrobat pdf handbook

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"Supporting the Promise of Freedom: The New Broker"
"Real Life Quality Standards"
"Crafting the Instruments of Freedom: Tools of Self-Determination"
"Guaranteeing the Promise of Freedom: Creative Individual Budgeting"

Four booklet series published by the Center for Self-Determination that outline a process for identifying, locating and managing self-directed financial resources. ©2005

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Inclusion/Community Living

A Home for Life: Home Modifications for Aging in Place with an Intellectual Disability
Center for Architecture & Building Science Research
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Richard V. Olsen, Ph.D. and B. Lynn Hutchings, M.Arch.

A House for All Children: Planning A Supportive Home Environment for Children with Disabilities
Center for Architecture & Building Science Research
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Richard V. Olsen, Ph.D., B. Lynn Hutchings, M.Arch. and Ezra Ehrenkrantz, FAIA