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* Knows who can provide transportation and how to make arrangements

* Knows about equipment needed

* Knows about funding or saving money to purchase a vehicle, needed adaptations, or services

* Knows how to apply for PENNDOT’s accessible parking placard

* Understands safety aspects of walking

F. Nutrition

* Understands and can deal safely with food allergies

* Understands specialized diets, foods, and medical follow up

* Understands healthy food choices

* Understands funding and budgeting for the purchase of food

G. Fitness

* Understands the benefits of a health and fitness program

* Participates in physical activity with modifications as needed

* Knows and understands the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and abusive behaviors

* Knows where and how to get help to maintain a healthy lifestyle

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I. Health Care: Skills Needed for Independence continued

H. Self Advocacy

* Knows how to stop and think and when to say “NO”

* Knows how to make contact with community advocacy organizations

* Is aware of Self Determination

* Can call and ask for information, materials, and booklets with needed modifications

* Has good communication with doctors and other professionals (Appendix A)

I. Job Search Considerations

* Is able to discuss with employer conditions that require individualized accommodations

* Has considered the pros and cons of full time and part time work and benefits offered

* Knows how to work with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) (Appendix M)

* Knows if the work place has people trained for medical emergencies until 911 arrives

* Has an Emergency Information Form (EIF) completed and given to all who will need this according to the directions on the form www.aap.org/advocacy/eif.doc

J. Post-Secondary Considerations

* Is able to discuss conditions that require individualized accommodations

* Has toured schools and visited the Office for Students with Disabilities

* Has considered the pros and cons of full time and part time enrollment and the effect on benefits offered

* Knows how to work with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)

* Has worked with health services to plan for medical emergencies

* Has an Emergency Information Form (EIF) completed and given to all who will need this according to the directions on the form www.aap.org/advocacy/eif.doc

* Has met with the staff at the Office for Disability Services

* Knows rights and responsibilities under the ADA and the 504 Rehabilitation Act

K. Managing Medical Information/Record Keeping

* Knows how to write down and follow recommendations of the doctor or dentist

* Knows who can help fill out medical and dental forms

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