Youth In Transition
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The Alliance of People with disAbilities Youth and Independence Group
Click on Youth with disAbilities Rock! to go to our Facebook page
Are you a teen or young adult (ages 14-24) with a disability who lives in King County?
Are you interested in learning more about:
- Life Skills
- Education Opportunities
- Social skills
- Useful Resources
- Health & wellness
Alliance works with teens and young adults with all types of disabilities on developing skills in these areas and on connecting with valuable resources. This program provides opportunities for youth to explore and plan for life as an adult. Participants will practice self-determination and self-advocacy. Participants also have the chance to meet other teens or young adults in King County. The Youth are also on Facebook, under Youth with disAbilities Rock! Contact your coordinator and sign up today on the website and/or Youth with disAbilites Rock for a continuous stream on what’s new with the youth at Alliance of People with disabilities.
Thao is a 23 year old participant. She writes:
I have been with Alliance for 5 years. Before I came to Alliance, I had a difficult life. There were problems with housing and relationships. I didn’t know about options and opportunities that support living with a disability, and I was very hesitant to be a self advocate. The Alliance has changed all that. Because of Alliance, I was accepted to college, I received funding from WA Access Fund that allowed me to buy a phone, I have a long term volunteer position, and have someone to turn to as a peer when I need support. Also, Alliance has helped me become a better self advocate.
Now I am not afraid to confront problems in relationships or work towards educating our legislators about Independent Living. A person in my life suggested that I should not hold a job due to my disability. I decided to be a self-advocate and express my feelings about this issue in a letter. Now, I am moving forward with exploring possibilities around work because it is what I want. I have also learned to advocate on a wider level. I recently went to Olympia with Alliance staff and we had the opportunity to meet with legislators to educate them about what Independent Living is, and how the Alliance helps people. I got to talk to an assistant from my district and explained to him how Alliance has helped improve my life.
Without Alliance, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I feel successful, and my life has changed for the better.