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DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER

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Youth Services

 Youth Services provides support to high school students aged 14 – 21 years old, who have a disability of any type. Participating students must have an IEP or 504 Plan, and be enrolled in high school, including local public schools, out of district placement, private schools or home schooling. These rograms may also serve individuals between the ages of 16 and 21 who are currently out of school. However, these individuals must have a goal in their Independent Living Plan (ILP) to return to school.
 

The Transition to Adulthood Program supports  students to learn the skills and self-confidence needed to prepare for living independently. Individual services include communicaton skills, personal awareness, interpersonal skills, advocacy skills and information and referral relateTransition to Adulthoodd to disability services, such as where to look for accessible housing, adaptive equipment, medical providers, legal assistance and other programs and resources.

 The Pre-Employment Transition Service supports students to decide what they want to pursue professionally after leaving high school.  This includes how to find employment, what post-secondary edcucational opportunties are availble in the community, how to apply to college and more. Students are supported to identify thier personal interests skills and abilities and work to develop these skills to achive their professional goals upon high school graduation..

Peer Counseling

The peer modeling approach provides a sharing of experiences with another person living with a disability who has successfully led a productive and meaningful life in their community. Topics might include; personal growth, problem solving, socializing or issues faced specifically by persons with disabilities.

Group Services

In addition, Youth Serivces offers peer support groups and social and recreational activities that support young adults in improving their social and communication skills, self-confidence, and comfort in participating in community activities with others. The program will also offer support groups for parents and guardians of Consumers to help them understand the concepts of Independent Living and consumer control..

This is a free service.

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Phone: 978-741-0077
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27 Congress Street, Suite 107
Salem, MA 01970
Open: M-F 9 AM-5 PM
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