Katherine Carol’s Interview with Griffin Hammis

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Cary, my former boss at the University of N. Colorado/CTAT taught me so much about creating alternative futures for people with disabilities based on high expectations and finding personal genius.

Listen to our discussion with my take on parenting children with special needs, on the use of technology,on  natural supports and strategies to assist individuals with disabilities to move from poverty planning to prosperity planning by building social capital, using Social Security work incentives and refusing to accept poverty as an acceptable outcome of inclusive education.

As always, when Cary and I get together the discussion is provocative and real.

Also available for download on iTunes

Articles by Katherine Carol

How Not to Be Roadkill on the Road to Transition

Additional Resources:

Worksheets & Planning Tools

Template for an Individual Technology Plan: Every student with special needs graduating from high school needs an Individual Technology Plan as part of their Individual Educational Plan (IEP). We live in the 21st Century where everything connects through technology: community, employment, medical care and finances. Yet, many people with disabilities are on the wrong side of the digital divide. Unfortunately, this creates a new form of segregation for people with disabilities–21st Century Segregation.

We developed this Technology Plan to help Mikelle achieve her goals, we hope it will help you or some one you support reach their goals too.

Informational Websites

Institute for Community Integration: University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Follow the link below to read our latest article in ICI’s Impact Newsletter.

In this article, we cover the issue of how families can help their children with special needs in building social capital and powerful community networks which can lead to improved opportunities for supported living and supported employment.

Impact: Feature Issue on Parenting Teens and Young Adults with Disabilities

United States Business Leadership Network

The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®) is a national non-profit, non-partisan business to business network promoting workplaces, marketplaces, and supply chains where people with disabilities are included.

The USBLN® serves as the collective voice of over 60 Business Leadership Network affiliates across the United States, representing over 5,000 businesses.

Additionally, the USBLN® Disability Supplier Diversity Program® (DSDP) is the nation’s leading third party certification program for disability-owned businesses, including service-disabled veterans.

Our favorite BLN is in our neighboring state of Wyoming. We know the folks of the BLN-WY and their  MentorAbility program is an excellent model for communities across the country. One of their most impressive accomplishments that Katherine Carol saw, was when 52 employers showed up in a high school gymnasium in Rock Springs to interview and recruit young people with disabilities. You contact them here at BLN-WY.

The Full Life Ahead Foundation

We are so fortunate to have known so many organizations founded and inspired by powerful, heart-led missions and people.  Full Life Ahead is just such an organization. Judy and Henry Barclay, along with co-founder Jan Cobb, are experienced parents of children with special needs–they walk their talk in wonderfully creative ways. Here is a little more about them.

The Full Life Ahead Foundation exists to “infect” individuals with disAbilities and their families and communities with Hope. The hope to live the life of their choice. Hope to dream and to use your own unique gifts to succeed. We find ways through our HOPE network to open doors of opportunity to live and work in your own community making it possible to live a life that is FULL of choices! Read more…

We do encourage you to check out their powerful and very accessible workbook, Full Life Ahead: A Workbook and Guide to Adult Life for Students & Families of Students with DisAbilities 

Full Life Ahead Workbook








W.I.S.e. Katherine Carol serves on the Board of Directors for the Washington Initiative on Supported Employment located in Washington State. Often sited as the #1 Supported Employment program in the country, these innovators are leading the way as they partner with educational, vocational, legislative and business entities.

The Washington Initiative for Supported Employment is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to expanding employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. Our consultant team works intimately with private businesses, county governments, school districts, social service providers, and families to offer the following:
  • Technical Assistance
  • Innovative Project Design and Demonstration
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Consulting
  • Financial Systems Analysis and Design
  • Information Technology Assessment
  • Organizational Development and Management Coaching

Disaboom:  Live Forward is their tag line. This site is full of information for people with disabilities and those who help support them.

Disaboom is the leading resource for disability information and real-life articles about people with disabilities. Our broad range of topics, including health conditions, lifestyle, and helpful resources, help you create the life you want.

Disability 101 While this site is focused on California, we like the way they explain the often complex systems people with disabilities interact with in the course of their life. This site explains benefits for people with disabilities in a way that doesn’t overwhelm you–especially when working with a disability.