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Press Releases: 2011

New Horizons Un-Limited - Disability Awareness and Advocacy! Transition Assistance: Student Disability Mentoring Day


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New Horizons Un-Limited
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Phone: (414) 299-0124

New Horizons Un-Limited - Disability Awareness and Advocacy! Transition Assistance: Student Disability Mentoring Day

New Horizons Un-Limited has renewed its commitment to improve greater public awareness and advocacy for members of our community with disabilities.

In our present economy, finding employment is a challenge for anyone!

For students with disabilities finding employment may be impossible without transition assistance.

This summer the Wisconsin Legislature passed laws reducing learning needs specialists in the schools and transition services for students with disabilities.

Transition services that prepare youth to move from a sheltered school environment to an independent work environment are critical assistance throughout the development and the education of students with special needs. Without developmental services in the schools and transitional services, students with disabilities, as they reach employment age, will not be prepared to become contributing members of society and will therefore have to rely on state aid into adulthood. Many of these individuals will not be equipped with the important life skills needed to live independently in the community and could therefore fall into costly institutional care, only exacerbating the financial costs of the state.

Without learning needs specialists in the schools, children with less severe disabilities that would have had developmental assistance in the past will go unidentified and will also be greatly hampered in education and fail to transition to employment, therefore creating more individuals exacerbating the financial costs of the state.

This fall NHU partnered with IndependenceFirst and Miller Engineering ITG Inc. for Disability Mentoring Day.

NHU has offered opportunities for young adults with or without disabilities to learn office skills and computer refurbishing skills through volunteer positions at our office. We have offered employment training workshops, student internships through area colleges, universities, technical schools and transition employment agencies, and assistance filling out employment applications on-line. In 2012 New Horizons Un-Limited will continue to work to:

Our work at New Horizons Un-Limited and our partners includes providing transition and employment information and resources for students with disabilities and their parents. Please share the information from our Life Planning Transition section on our website at www.new-horizons.org/rsclif.html

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