One of parents’ most pressing concerns is helping their kids who have learning disabilities and developmental delays transition from high school to college or the workforce. Two local programs, The Help Group and College Internship Program (CIP) Long Beach, have made part of their mission to help young adults build vocational pathways.
In addition to its educational and counseling services for neurodiverse young people, The Help Group’s Bridgeport Vocational Education Center has formed a new partnership with community colleges wherein students can obtain vocational certifications while in high school. They currently offer six career pathways, including agriculture, arts media, child development, construction/manufacturing, fashion design/business marketing and hospitality. Their mission is to guide and support students with special needs in reaching their full potential toward independence during the transition to adulthood, focusing on education/training, community participation, and employment. To learn more, contact The Help Group’s admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CIP Long Beach has been helping young adults who are on the autism spectrum and have learning differences find success in college, employment and independent living in its centers across the U.S. since 1984. Its vision is to challenge the norms of what people with learning differences can achieve.
Students ages 18-26 with autism spectrum disorder and learning differences receive comprehensive and individualized support as they:
- Expand their independence in a supported apartment-based living setting
- Pursue higher education at their choice of several college and vocational options
- Put their skills to work with the support of CIP’s career continuum
Visit the Long Beach website for more information.