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Independent Living Centers Play A Vital Role In Helping Students Transition Out Of High School
Date:9/10/2013

oping new skills.

The Cafe represents core opportunities for TAY. In fact, one of DANY's first efforts was a campaign identified by several youth from the Cafe who learned it was closing due to funding cuts.  DANY students quickly organized and held a rally outside of city hall with more than 40 members, parents and community leaders opposing the cuts.  Additionally, DANY students testified at the HUSD Board meeting.  As a result of these actions, funding was preserved.

Another instance where TAY with disabilities learned the value of expressing their views was when an employer offering on-the-job training made it clear to the students that, due to a corporate decision, the site would no longer be available for training.  CRIL facilitated a discussion between the employer and the students to educate the employer on why the training was necessary to further the students' independence. As a result, the training was reinstated.

"These types of experiences are important to transition-age students with disabilities as they learn leadership and problem-solving skills," said Burns.  "People, including parents, sometimes question the ability of students with disabilities to make decisions. DANY helps youth feel empowered. They learn that by speaking up, their voice counts, and by taking action, their independence increases."

The California State Independent Living Council (SILC) is an independent state agency which, in cooperation with the California State Department of Rehabilitation, prepares and monitors the State Plan for Independent Living.

The SILC Mission: To Create Policy and System Change for Independent Living


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