The Full Life Ahead Foundation's E-Newsletter
Blog Post by Katherine Carol
As families with special needs, we develop almost ninja-like warrior skills in fighting for our kids. We are strong, even when we feel weak. We speak out, even when we are shy. We believe in our kids, even when others don't. We are courageous, even when our hearts ache
If you're looking for different post-secondary education options, check out these programs:
- PASSAGE USA is a post-secondary educational (PSE) experience for students with ID that helps each student achieve his/her goals. This two-year certificate program is based on individualized Adult Education Plans developed through person-centered planning.
- The "EAGLES"- Auburn University Education to Accomplish Growth in Life Experiences for Success program - is a post-secondary program for students with intellectual disabilities. EAGLES provides an opportunity for students with intellectual disabilities to engage in a multi-year campus residential experience (e.g., two-year basic program, four-year advanced program for eligible participants). The program's focus areas are to: (1) increase independence, (2) improve leadership and advocacy skills, (3) prepare for employment, and (4) develop life skills (e.g., social, self-determination/awareness).
- Crossing Points is a two-tier post-secondary transition program on the campus of The University of Alabama. Crossing Points Tier 1 is a collaboration between The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa City Schools, and Tuscaloosa County School System. Tier 1 serves students with significant disabilities ages 18-21 years who are still receiving IDEA services. Tier 1 follows the Tuscaloosa City Schools and Tuscaloosa County school systems' Academic year calendar. Crossing Points Tier 2, also known as the Summer Bridge Program, is a post-secondary pipeline program for college-age students with intellectual disabilities ages 18+ years from anywhere in the State of Alabama and beyond.
- On to JSU students will experience an individualized, person-centered program based on their individual interests and specific needs. Each student will participate in courses with traditional university students in order to build both social and academic skills. Students will work towards a certification in either Business Basics or Food Service through coursework and internship opportunities beginning as early as their second semester in the program. Certificate options for each On To JSU participant will be planned from existing JSU curriculum using a person- centered approach.
For more education resources, visit our Education resource page.
Get ready for an
Independence Day Celebration!
June 29 - July 1, 2018!
We will be celebrating
Independence Day by making new connections, gathering resources on independent living, and having an old-fashioned cook out!
Registration opens April 30, 2018.
Registration fills up quickly for our summer camp - so mark your calendars!
Check out this blog post from the Social Security Administration Weekly Digest Bulletin:
- Every Thursday Evening - The Full Life Ahead small group will be meeting during the spring semester (January 28-April 28). For more info, contact Tammy Moore. (TammyMoore@FullLifeAhead.org)
- May 8, 2018 - Montgomery Expo - The Disability Expo is designed to empower people with disabilities, and of all ages, with the information, resources and technology to enhance their lives. This event is free, open to the public and will be held on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Eastmont Baptist Church between 1:00-6:00 p.m.
- June 7-9, 2018 - SABE Conference - Self Advocates Becoming Empower is an organization to help everyone to know and apply their everyday civil rights. Register here.
- June 13-15, 2018 - APSE Conference - This is a 3-day annual conference focused on employment and independence for people with disabilities. The event is sponsored by Alabama APSE and the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities. Register here.
- June 29 - July 1, 2018 - Full Life Ahead Family Weekend - Registration opening April 30, 2018.
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Wishing you and yours a Full Life Ahead,
The Full Life Ahead Foundation
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The purpose of The Full Life Ahead Foundation is to positively impact the lives of individuals with disAbilities and their families by helping them create hope, encourage dreams, set expectations a
nd establish an action plan to achieve the fullest possible adult life. We desire to offer every individual the opportunity to be a productive, contributing member of their community.