January 20, 2006
Help is there to assist disabled students during school, but what happens after high school?
There is a new resource for recent high school graduates to get them ready for the real world.
A person with a disability knows how to handle whatever comes their way whether on the street, or inside a school. Academic and sometimes social assistance is there for those in school, but how much help is out there when the student has graduated?
"The amount of information out there is really fairly overwhelming, and it's complex," said Billie Campbell, of the Thomas Jefferson Planning Commission District.
In an effort to make it easier for those disabled, the Jefferson Area Transition Council has created a new website called 'Life After High School'.
"The 'Life After High School' website allows people to access full information about services available for people with disabilities," said Campbell.
The site, funded by a grant through the Virginia Board for People With Disabilities, allows users to know how to help disabled people in all parts of the adult world.
"It also has information on community resources, on housing, transportation, recreation, and then a fairly comprehensive section on benefits and services that are available," said Campbell.
Often shocked when on their own, the site is a 'one-stop shop' for anyone disabled.
"It's pretty comprehensive. It has information for people to plan for their career, which we think is the most important thing in making that transition," said Campbell.
The 'Life After High School' website is helpful to anyone, not just those disabled, and can be found at www.lifeafterhs.org.
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