Centers for Independent Living (CILs) provide several types of Transition Services as a part of our Core Services. These services include both supporting people to transition from nursing facilities back to the community and supporting youth to transition from High School to work or Post-Secondary Education.
Independence Now initially met Montel when he attended the Maryland Youth Leadership Forum (MDYLF) in 2013 when he was finishing High School and heading off to college. After MDYLF, Montel worked with an Independent Living Specialist on money management and time management skills, very important for someone starting college! Montel said, “I would record what I would spend my money on and how much I would spend each week.”
As Montel moved through his college years he continued working with Independence Now, receiving Peer Support and learning how to ask for the accommodations he needed in class. Montel even attended some youth cooking classes to gain new skills for one day living on his own. He says he’s made a lot of friends along the way, “Independence Now motivated me to do well in college, work, and social life.”
We feel grateful that Independence Now has been able to support Montel in some awesome transitions, High School to College and College to Career as he recently started a new job! Lead on, Montel!
If you or someone you know has a disability and is interested in learning more about our transition services, contact us today to see what supports and services are available to you!