Community Youth Development: Programs, Policies, and Practices focuses on positive methods for youth development that are rapidly supplanting the traditional deficit-oriented, problem-reduction approaches. Edited by eminent scholars Francisco A. Villarruel, Daniel F. Perkins, Lynne M. Borden, and Joanne G. Keith, this accessible volume provides practical tools and models for developing community-wide initiatives that strengthen protective factors, build competencies, and focus on thriving indicators. Examining the needs of multiple audiences, programs, and policies, each chapter contributes to an overall understanding of the "how" and "why" of community youth development. Designed for upper division undergraduate and graduate students in human development, family studies, and education, Community Youth Development: Programs, Policies, and Practices is also an invaluable resource for researchers, practitioners, and policy advocates for youth and community development.
Chapter 8: Positive Development for Youth with Disabilities: Lessons Learned from Two Stories of Success
Positive Development for Youth with Disabilities: Lessons Learned from Two Stories of Success
Without a doubt, youth with developmental disabilities face an array of challenges that nondisabled youth do not confront in their daily lives or in their communities. Unfortunately, contemporary youth prevention and intervention approaches have been slow to respond to national efforts to promote positive developmental outcomes, especially for youth with disabilities. Perhaps one reason for this inattention is the fact that youth with developmental disabilities possess an array of risk and environmental factors that increase the likelihood that a less than optimal outcome in their life will occur. This perspective is reinforced in service and educational programs that seek ...