How parents can help youth with disabilities Back to Tips and tools Share this tip sheet: For Parents/Guardians Ways you can help kids and youth with disabilities reach their goals DOWNLOAD THIS PDF Recognize kids and youth with disabilities can help YOU grow. Understand that part of your role may involve developing new skills to better support and advocate for your child. Support kids and youth with disabilities in identifying and reaching THEIR life goals. Encourage kids and youth with disabilities to participate in recreation, work, or volunteer activities to help them build friendships and life experiences. Celebrate differences! Expect a lot from kids and youth with disabilities when helping them create good lives. Assist kids and youth with disabilities in taking calculated risks to achieve their goals. Help kids and youth learn how to communicate with others about their disability and advocate for their needs and goals when they choose. Discourage stigmatizing kids and youth with different types of disabilities than your child. Appreciate that goals can change or be adapted over time and that is okay. Build on your child’s strengths and goals rather than focusing exclusively on disability. Maintain and develop and develop social networks with people who have common interests and who can be allies to your family.