Empowering Youth with Disabilities to Achieve Independence
Disabled Resource Services (DRS) is pleased to announce the addition of Youth Transitions to its “Access to Independence” program. Youth Transitions is designed to empower youth with disabilities, ages 14 – 28, as they navigate the transition from adolescence to adulthood.
- Information and Referral – providing community resource and referral to access various community services.
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Education/Self Advocacy – many youth in the community may not be informed on this Federal legislation and how it may impact a student’s transition to higher education or employment. DRS provides ADA workshops for parents and youth.
- Independent Living Skills – are individually designed to improve or maintain the ability of the youth to live as independently as possible in the community. These skills can include learning bus routes, time management, budgeting skills, etc.
- Employment Readiness – in junction with Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (if applicable), provides guidance with writing resumes, cover letters, disclosing a disability, asking for reasonable accommodation and interview skills.
- Social Security Application – provides guidance in completing the initial application process.
DRS is an independent non-profit Center for Independent Living (CIL), which means it is a consumer controlled, community based, cross disability, nonresidential, organization. As a CIL, Disabled Resource Services provides five core independent living services:
- Information and Referral
- Independent Living Skills Training
- Individual and Systems Advocacy
- Peer Counseling
- Transition: From nursing homes and other institutions to community-based residences and transition of youth with disabilities from completion of high school to adult life.
Youth Independent Living Specialist