The Transition to Adulthood Program (TAP) at Center for Living & Working provides consumer-directed services to youth between the ages of 14 and 21 who are in high school with a disability. Through the provision of four core services: Skills Training, Peer Counseling, Advocacy (both individual and in the community) and Information and Referral, Center for Living & Working works with students who are motivated or want to become motivated to reach their independent living goals.
Through Skills Training, Center for Living & Working utilizes the “Peer Model” approach. Meaning, trained Skills Trainers work with consumers to develop an independent living plan and together, work towards attaining consumer-directed goals. TAP provides support around:
- Individualized Education Plan (IEP) understanding and advocacy
- Individualized Transition Plan (ITP) Support
- Support to family
- Community Education and Recreation
TAP offers social and focused group workshops and networking events to build and sustain social opportunities. For parents, Center for Living & Working partners with Easter Seals of Worcester to host a parent group where professions discuss pertinent topics and offer assistance to parents navigating the services system.