Transition to Adulthood
The teen years are exciting, challenging times for any young adult, but especially so for a teen with a disability. Courage Center offers a variety of services to help smooth the transition from teenage years into adulthood and college or the work world.
Services for Young Adults in Transition
Assistive Technology Assessment
Evaluates physical, vision, sensory and cognitive limitations, and gives a teen or young adult the opportunity to explore work and classroom options. A written report provides recommendations of appropriate adaptive technology or accommodations and where to obtain the technology.
The Vocational Evaluation identifies the young person’s work behaviors, stamina, interests, aptitudes and work skills, as well as skills in problem-solving, self-initiation and advocacy. Any vocational concerns are noted and a written report is provided. The report addresses strengths and weaknesses, and includes recommendations for development of an Individual Educational Plan (IEP). An IEP team meeting to discuss results is available, upon request.
This four-week, in-house assessment evaluates a young person’s readiness for employment. Young adults learn work place culture and business etiquette. The assessment also addresses stamina, work accommodation needs and soft-skills training. Job-seeking skills training and recommendations for employment are made.
Identifies a young person’s computer skills and abilities to determine their potential for learning the requirements for computer-related jobs. Recommendations for additional education or training are included in the written assessment.
Driver Assessment and Training
A three-hour evaluation by an occupational therapist and driver evaluator includes a comprehensive vision test, reaction time screening and an on-the-road driving analysis to determine a person’s ability to safely drive a car or van. Driving lessons are also available.
Independent Living Skills Assessment
Assesses current skill level in areas related to independent living. The written report includes a summary of these areas, plus recommendations for independent living goals and strategies to be used at home and in school.