Life After High School: Preparing for college, independent living, career paths, and adult life.

Learn how to plan for people with special needs lives when they exit high school. This includes preparations for going to college, support at college, dorm life, jobs, independent living, adult social life, and more. When children reach the end of high school, it can be a complex experience for parents and students with special needs to navigate the adult service system, university system, find employment, and to plan for a quality adult life.  

Statistics show that more than 73 percent of people with disabilities are unemployed, according to TASH in 2009.   More than half do not get high school diplomas that are worth the paper they are written on, as many special education "certificates of attendance" do not count for college admission or job placement. Many of the programs like Social Security, Medicaid, and others have eligibility criteria that favor working for poverty class wages. In my presentation, you will hear strategies for bucking this trend and how to open the door to a good quality of life for people with special needs.

 

Length:  This presentation can be customized from 1 to 2 hours

Suggested Audience: High School Teachers, College Teachers, School to Career Staff, Job Training Staff, and Students of Transition Age (14-25)