Addressing the Needs of Youth with Disabilities
This curriculum-based Web site is designed for use by all youth. However,
we have provided specific information for youth with disabilities when and
The Youthhood can help to develop and enhance a student’s Individualized
Education Plan (IEP). The Life Map has been organized to facilitate the transfer
of student goals from the Life Map to the IEP. We think of the Life Map as
the student copy of the IEP – a set of goals they want to achieve for
the future written in their own words with their own ideas.
IEP team coordinators or special education case managers can utilize the Life
Map as a tool to facilitate and drive the IEP meeting. Any goal can be edited
to ensure that it meets the standards laid out by the Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act (IDEA) and Monitoring and Compliance.
However, when youth have their own tool written in their own words, it is
much more meaningful to them than one that is developed for them using technical
language and government standards.
We recommend helping youth with disabilities develop a Life Map: 1) to help
them to articulate their goals for the future; and 2) to help them become actively
involved in their IEP meeting and IEP development.