Fair offers resources for youth with disabilities transitioning from high school

Moving from high school to adulthood is difficult for many, but it can be a particular challenge for those with disabilities.

Staff from the KU Center on Developmental Disabilities will connect transition-age youth and their families to resources that support a successful transition from high school at a disability training and resource fair for Wyandotte County.

"A man with Down syndrome wearing a graduation outfit smiles and raises a fist in triumph"

The event is called “Building the Dream: Planning for the Transition from School to Adult Life” and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4. 

The morning will include a discussion on empowering families and youth during this transition, raising expectations, person-centered planning, and career support. A resource fair beginning at 11:30 a.m. will host several vendors who provide services to support youth with disabilities and their family during their transition to adulthood. 

While the event is free, registration is requested by April 29. Lunch is included for those who pre-register and attend the Families Together training at 9 a.m.  

Guests to the event should enter through the main visitor entrance at the Kansas City Public Schools Central Office, 2010 N. 59th St. In Kansas City, Kan. Staff will assist guests in accessing stairs or the elevator to reach the third floor of the building, where a sign in table will provide additional information. 

The event is supported by the Kansas City Kansas Public Schools, Families Together, Inc., and the KU Center on Developmental Disabilities, which is a part of the Life Span Institute. The event was planned as part of the Kansas City Kansas Community Team, which is funded through a grant to the KU Center on Developmental Disabilities from the Administration on Community Living. 

For questions, contact Kasey Sanders at 913-603-4203. Make reservations online.