Youth Transitions to Adulthood
This program assists high school students, ages fourteen to twenty four years old, to transition from high school into community life. The youth program provides individual and family advocacy, technical support to special education teachers, and assistance to students and parents with advocacy in facilitating individualized education plans (IEPs). In addition, this program offers disability sensitivity training in the schools and technical assistance to regular education teachers in accommodating youth with disabilities.
Opportunities are available in the classroom setting at your school for youth to participate in presentations or workshops to learn independent living skills.
Ability 1st Utah also has a youth summer program that runs during the months of June and July. Youth have opportunities to participate in social activities, as well as life skills classes. An activity calendar for the summer program is in our newsletter, which is available on our website, or a physical copy can be provided upon request.
Additionally, youth are also invited to participate in an annual Youth Leadership Conference sponsored by the Utah Statewide Independent Living Council and supported by the center’s emphasis on independent living. This conference provides youth with disabilities the opportunity to network with other youth statewide and gain necessary leadership skills. They also receive guidance and support for successful transitions from school to achieve their individual education, employment, recreational and housing goals.
Youth Program Success Story
J.T. is a young adult who is a has a disability and attends independent living classes. Within the past year he has been able to apply for himself for a UTA assisted pass. This has granted him transportation for himself and one other on buses, the frontrunner and trax for free. His parents were concerned for his safety to travel on his own J.T.’s own words. With help from the Youth Program developer, Quince showed him which bus to take to get to our center and which one to take to get home. Since then he has traveled on his own almost every week (unless weather is bad) and he has been able to teach others his knowledge of the bus system. Improving his Independence via transportation has helped his confidence in many other aspects of his life and it has been demonstrated in other skills classes that he is more willing to participate or volunteer to help other students.
For more information please contact:
Youth Program Coordinator
E-mail: Bret@Ability1stUtah.org / Phone: 801-850-5565