Independent living skills for young adults with a cognitive disability
The transition from youth to adulthood is critical for every young person. This is particularly true for students and youth with disabilities. Jewish Family Service Houston (JFS) offers a program that focus on independent living skills for young adults ages 15 to 36 who have a cognitive disability. Ideally, during the transition years, the program helps youth acquire knowledge and learn skills they will need to maximize their independence and self-sufficiency in their communities. These skills include vocational, social and life skills. Explore opportunities below.
Transition-age students with a cognitive disability will blend into the day-to-day schedule of Celebration Company (our entrepreneurial employment program) during school vacation including Thanksgiving, Winter, Spring and Summer breaks.
Participants will be exposed to vocational skills including assembly, retail and culinary. Each week the participants will be treated to a fun outing such as movies, museums, zoo etc. Participants will also experience and partake in art and photography.
This topic is ideal for individuals between the ages 21 and 36 who have a disability and are interested in learning about healthy relationships and how to navigate them.
Topics taught include communication, personal values, safety, consent and sexual health basics. Next cohort begins in Fall 2021.
In collaboration with the Omni Hotel, JFS offers a summer transitions vocational program in which participants train in areas such as customer service, housekeeping and food service while learning job search skills from coaches to secure hospitality employment.
A recreational and educational program for individuals transition aged and older with a range of disabilities, designed to enhance social, life, and vocational skills in a virtual setting.