There are many organizations that provide resources and information to people and families living with a disability, however, individuals are still unaware of many resources available to them. Whether the disability is acquired or present at birth, many individuals and their support systems are overwhelmed and unsure of where to look. This is especially true in families that care for and raise a child or teen with disabilities. The goal of this project was to create an inclusive guide to provide to families and groups who work with adolescent youth in partnership with Ability360. The resource includes groups and organizations based on the services they provide and what category of disabilities they cater to as well as a basic timeline of goals and tasks for teens to accomplish. Along with Abilitiy360's other youth initiatives, this resource will be available this spring. This guide is to be provided in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, community outreach events, and schools and will be published as an addendum to their already existing Disability Survival Guide. Eventually, the goal is to have a guide solely for youth rather than an addendum to the already existing materials. By connecting with youth and their families at an earlier age, there is a stronger chance of successful independent living and involvement in one's community. Building a relationship through the adolescent and teen years will also ensure that these individuals are aware of the resources and programs available to them through their transition into adulthood and throughout their adult lives.
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