The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter provides a one-year program for youth with significant disabilities who are in their last year of high school and are expected to graduate or exit high school following completion of the project year. The student is exposed to a world of new and continued learning opportunities both on a college campus and in the community so they gain the skills and confidence to function as independently as possible, once they leave the supports they are entitled to in high school. Following assessment and training, the individual leaves the program with a written plan that includes action steps that move them through their transition from high school to work and adult living. It was developed to help youth with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who work with them to meet the challenge that transition from the secondary school system brings. Information and resources are made available to the individuals as they execute their plan. They are taught the skills of self-determination and self-advocacy. The students in the project are introduced to the adult service systems and natural supports that can assist them with seeking post-secondary training, employment, and services such as transportation assistance and independent living.
Submitted by NYSARC- The Arc Oneida-Lewis Chapter.