For a young person with a disability, planning for the future can seem overwhelming. But it does not have to be! Through our programs and partnerships, we are able to work with youth on their journey to independence. Our Youth Services Teams in Georgia and South Carolina provide programs that instill knowledge today to empower the future.
The Occupational Horizons Youth Empowering Activities (OH YEA!) is designed to empower students and engage 8th grade students with disabilities through productive activities as they prepare for the transition into high school and beyond. The activities are formatted to enhance and compliment current teacher effectiveness, increase awareness of viable community resources and ultimately better prepare students for a successful transition to high school and beyond. The program is a collaborative and complimentary community effort with school systems to deliver pre-transition services to students.
Through the 16 week training program, students:
- Are provided with an educational outlook to the journey from middle school to high school and beyond
- Learn more about their rights as persons with disabilities and the value of self-advocacy
- Explore meaningful assistive technology for successful transitions in school and beyond
- Utilize a strong network of professional mentors
- Lean about the importance of Independent Living including quality of life, self-sufficiency, self-direction, responsibility, social ability, decision making power and employability
- In addition to the training program in the school system, the OH YEA transition services are available as a one-on-one service.
OH YEA! is offered in in Georgia (Richmond and Columbia Counties) and in South Carolina (Colleton, Allendale, Bamberg, Jasper and Beaufort Counties). In Georgia, we partner with The Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) and the Richmond County Board of Education to provide OH YEA! to various schools across the region.
In South Carolina, we have partnered with AccessAbility to work with schools in the Low Country region to provide Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) to transition aged youth. The PETS services are able to be delivered in group, in-school, after-school or community based settings. We are able to offer these services through a contract with the South Carolina Commission for the Blind (SCCB). Through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) funding, SCCB was able to design CareerBOOST (Building Occupational Opportunities for Students in Transition) as a Demonstration Project for with partners across the state.
We are also expanding the program to include a Summer Workshop Series in the North Augusta service area. To find out more about the OH YEA! program in your area, contact one our three Office Locations.
WIPA Youth Services
The Works Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) Program is designed to help you navigate the Social Security Benefits available to Children and Adolescents. One of the most confusing things about the Social Security disability programs is that multiple benefits are available and each has its own set of eligibility requirements, operational rules, and work incentives. To complicate matters even more, some you people receive more than one type of benefit at the same time. You can find out more about the different types of benefits and requirements by you to our Youth Services for WIPA page.
If you are interested in any of our Youth Transition Services, please contact Walton Options on 706-724-6262 to speak with an Information and Referral Specialist. Or complete the Self-Referral Form online by clicking here.
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