Walton Options works with persons with disabilities of all ages, including with young persons with disabilities on their journey to independence. The Youth Services Teams in Georgia and South Carolina provide programs that instill knowledge today to empower a future. The program include a youth transitions program, a Peer Support Group for young adults ages 18 to 24 and an Assistive Technology Camp for children 8 to 12 years old.
Building Empowered Youth Obtaining Uniqueness!
One of our latest Peer Support Groups is designed specifically for young adults 18 to 26 with disabilities looking to build their independence and connect with other sharing similar experiences. It is all about Building Empowered Youth Obtaining Uniqueness! BE YOU works with young adults to help them build their confidence, connect with other young adults, build their skills and expand their future opportunities. The group regularly explores hot topics and looks for exciting things to participate in.
They focus on:
- Social Skills
- Transition Skills
- Employment Skills
- Understanding your Rights and Accommodations as an individual
- Life Skills
BE YOU lets members know that they are not alone with Peer Support every time they meet. The group meets every 4th Tuesday of the month from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Click here to find out more about BE YOU! on Facebook and through the Meetup.com Page.
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 Georgia (Richmond and Columbia Counties) and in South Carolina (Colleton, Allendale, Bamberg, Jasper and Beaufort Counties). 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.
If your child is between 8 and 12 years old, has a disability, and would like to learn more about using technology to make their lives more independent and fun, TEK Quest is the camp program for you.
The camp is designed to teach campers how to use assistive technology with a variety of impairments including:
- Motor Control/Amputee
- Learning disabilities
The learning atmosphere is personal and interactive for all participants including their parents and caregivers. Planning for the 2017 TEK Quest Program is currently under way. Please check back for more information on dates in the coming months. If you would like to learn more about TEK Quest, please visit the full website at TEKQuest.org.
If you are interested in any of our Youth Programs or 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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