The CFI Youth Transition Program offers Independent Living Services to youth with disabilities who plan to live independently in the community. Individuals age 14-24 with physical, intellectual, mental/emotional, and learning disabilities or chronic illness are encouraged to meet with the Youth Transition Program Manager to see if they qualify for the Youth Transition Program and to determine if they are able to take advantage of the tools necessary for productively working towards the goal of living independently.
Learn how to prepare for employment and college, how to disclose your disability, how to get around the community independently whether that’s learning how to ride the public bus, applying for shuttle services, or getting a driver’s license. Learn how to how to budget, apply for benefits or other services such as SSI/SSDI, DDA, food stamps, ABE, personal assistance, housing, etc. The youth learn how to advocate for themselves and navigate and utilize community resources.
Meet every other month for networking. In addition to insight into the civil rights of people with disabilities, the youth transition peer support group offers opportunities for social contact, emotional support, and recreation with other young people with disabilities.
Get connected, where appropriate, with other agencies serving youth with disabilities, such as the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Goodwill Industries, Catholic Community Services and Home and Community Services. CFI helps connect participants to resources and advocates for them if they are unable to successfully access those resources.