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Look for the health care forms in the resource section of this guide. They’ll help you keep your information updated so that you’re always ready when you visit your doctor. They’re also available on CD.

 

 

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On Your Own...Almost

Ages 15-17

You’re no longer a kid, but you’re not quite an adult. It’s tough being right in the middle. You’re expected to be responsible, and some of the things you have to be responsible for can be very heavy-duty…like your health. It can be a lot of work to manage a disability or a medical condition and although you’d rather spend time going out with friends, it’s important that you take time to think about your health, understand it, and start to manage it.

Here are some great websites that can help you begin the process of managing your own health care.  You will find videos and helpful tips on how to talk with your doctor, how to become a self-advocate, how to place your own prescriptions and information on how to understand your health insurance.  To learn about all of this and more, check out the following resources:

hctransitions

hctransitions.ichp.ufl.edu/gladd/
Would you like more information on the best ways to talk with your doctor and other health care professionals?  This transition website provides a series of helpful videos on how you can decide what is best for your health care and how to do your part in following instructions from your doctor.  Please check out the website at:  

gottransition.org

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Focuses on a young adult’s transition from pediatric to adult health care.  You can find information that can help you learn how to talk to your doctor, how to be a self-advocate, and how to have conversations about real-life health care issues.  You will also find lots of good resources, including social media options where you can learn and share information about health care.

youthhood.org

www.youthhood.org
Provides you with information on how to better understand your health care needs, provide tips on how to be your own health care advocate and will also give you information on understanding your health insurance. 

The ability to manage your health care may allow you to live independently. It’s a big undertaking, but like everything else, (like playing video games), it just takes time to learn. The best part of taking control of your health situation is that the adults in your life will listen to your input and opinions, because they know that you have taken the time to learn and are interested in being responsible for your future. Learning, developing, and practicing the skills that will help you live a successful independent life will ultimately allow you to focus on the things that make life worthwhile. You know, the “3 F’s” — friends, family, and fun.

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