Youth Transition Program

Independent living programs for youth with disabilities

Helping young people with disabilities transition from living at home to living independently is a core service here at the Center for Independence. Our staff will work with young people to learn the valuable life skills, vocational skills and personal safety practices that are needed to achieve an independent lifestyle.

Independent Living Skills Topics Include:

  • Budgeting Money
  • Communication Skills
  • Community Resources
  • Decision Making
  • Goal Setting
  • Personal Safety
  • Time Management
  • Stress Management
  • Sex Education
  • Advocacy Skills
  • Skills in self-advocacy 
  • Education in civil rights and government legislation

Learn about our Independent Living Assitance Services for additional help with housing, benefits, paperwork and federal program applications.

Opportunities for Youth Empowerment and Community Transition

YETI and PACT are different programs helping youth with disabilities learn new skills, connect with others and have fun while you do it! Both programs cover many items related to independent living; YETI puts a priority on developing job skills and other vocational related priorities. PACT puts a prioirty on learing various skills related to living independently. Both youth groups are fun and filled with opportunities to learn new skills and meet new friends.

For more information on Positive Access to Community Transition, PACT, fill out the intake form linked below!

For more information on Youth Empowerment and Transition Impact, YETI, click the link here to go to the Vocational Program page, OR fill out the intake form linked below!

Youth Case Management
After a successful application, youth will be assigned to a vocational case manager, but we work as a team to ensure success. The youth facilitators can meet with and educate parents on resources and activities available to their youth, as well as help advocate for IEP’s or other needs.