THE PROGRAM AND ITS PURPOSE
Project Independence provides two strands of six 2-1/2 hour trainings and an all-day college visit to parents/caregivers of children and young adults with disabilities. The trainings occur during a week night from 6:00pm - 8:30pm with the first half-hour for dinner and the remaining two hours for training. One strand is for youth ages 14-21 years old and the other strand are for parents. The purpose of this project is for parents to understand their child's educational, developmental and transitional needs; and for youth to have the ability to self-advocate and discover what they would like to do after leaving high school.
Parents and youth will have an increased knowledge of post high school options and community resources to make them successful with transition. Participants will become advocates and hopefully pay it forward by helping inexperienced families.
Project Independence will produce community advocates that will work with systems and stakeholders to better prepare children and youth to lead productive and independent adult lives to the maximum extent through high expectations in education.