The purpose of the project is to work with a variety of agencies in the community to expand an innovative program that meets the needs of the clients in the area and assists them in successfully transitioning from school to adult life. An interactive website is being developed to include three “doors” or sections to enter. One “door” is geared towards students and youth, another “door” is geared towards parents, guardians, and support staff. The third “door” is geared towards employers in the Business Leadership Network to post job openings. The internet is the wave of the future and by making this an interactive site and encouraging conversation between all parties we hope to advance transition outcomes for youth with disabilities locally. In addition, a transition specialist assists families inquiring about services and supports, provides agency referrals, coordinates educational workshops, and updates the curriculum as needed. The next component is a tool-kit for community coaches. This tool kit includes best-practice approaches for employment with an emphasis on self-determination.
Submitted by The Arc of Mecklenburg County.