5-6-11: From Youth to Adulthood…With a Disability
Employment is hard to come by for anyone seeking a job these days. It can be especially challenging for young people with disabilities. Any disabled student with an Individual Education Plan, or IEP, is guaranteed some sort of transition planning. But the transition is rarely smooth.
Sheilah talks to three guests this morning about what it’s like to make that transition. Larry Abramson has helped many families deal with this transition as the vocational director at St. Luke’s House, a mental health rehabilitation center in Montgomery County. Ann Geddes and her 22-year-old daughter Nell have navigated this transition together. Ann works with the Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health; Nell is a full-time student at Howard Community College.
Ann Geddes teaches a course across Maryland called “Navigating the Transition Years.” The next one is May 21 in Washington County. For more information, contact the Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health.
Last fall, the O’Malley administration launched mdtransition.org to assist families helping their children make the transition to adulthood and employment.
It’s also Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. You can learn more about the planned events on their website.
And in this web extra, you can hear Nell, Ann, and Larry, speak about the benefits and disadvantages of supplemental security income (SSI), which the state supplies to adults with disabilities.