Transitioning is another word for big changes. For individuals with disabilities these changes can bring challenges. Transitions can include: graduating high school, going to college, getting a job, dating, and moving away from home. Challenges that come with transitions can include: personal development, decision making, managing your health and finances, career assessment and entering the workforce, and how you want to live and what things you would like to do as an adult.
Transition to adulthood is an exciting time but it can also be very scary. The Center for Accessible Living has several transitioning programs to help young adults with disabilities to ease those fears and create a positive transitioning experience.
The Center for Accessible Living partners with High Schools to help students with disabilities get prepared for the transitioning experience. Youth transition coordinators visit classrooms and engage students through interactive lessons. Lessons currently include: Self advocacy, Career exploration, Career readiness (resumes, applications, and interviews), Workplace etiquette, and Money skills. As this program grows, we will be including Self determination and Community & Social skills in the curriculum.
The Young Empowered Self Advocates (YES!) Group is for individuals ages 16 -29 with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The goal of the YES group is to increase self confidence, learn independent living skills, and teach skills necessary for a positive transitioning experience. The YES group meets monthly and due to the growing popularity and attendance, The Center for Accessible Living has plans to increase the number of YES groups locally and across the state.
For more information on The Center for Accessible Livings Transition programs contact: Donna Fox in the Louisville Office, Carrissa Johnson in the Murray Office and Rene Thompson in Northern KY.