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Transition Discoveries


Planning for LIFE After High School

young adults working together in classroom settingThe Transition Discoveries project is hosting a series of focus groups for young persons with disabilities, and their families, who are planning for the transition to life after high school.

The project is inviting individuals from across the Commonwealth to make a difference by sharing their stories!

Researchers are anxious to hear the authentic voices of youth with disabilities and families about their experiences in planning for life after high school. The information gathered at the focus groups will help researchers design a survey to find out what is happening with youth during this important time in their lives and in the lives of their family.

The final data collected will be used to have an impact on systems throughout Pennsylvania, thereby enhancing the lives of young individuals with disabilities and their families.

What to expect?

Two different focus groups at each of eight locations: one for families; one for youth with disabilities.

Participants will be encouraged to share stories: plans after high school, hopes and dreams, strengths, talents and gifts, and fears and challenges.

In addition, there will be a unique opportunity to network with others.

Who is invited to apply?

Youth with disabilities (ages 14-24).

Family members of youth with disabilities (ages 14-24).

Selection to participate will be based on cross-disability, cultural diversity, and statewide representation.

Once your application is reviewed, you will be contacted.

Dates, times and locations for the focus groups:

Additional dates will be announced soon. Please check back for focus groups in your area.

October 10, 2014
Time: 5 PM - 7 PM
Location: Vision for Equality
718 Arch Street, 6N, Philadelphia, PA 19106

October 11, 2014
Time: 10 AM - Noon
Location: Giant Community Center
315 York Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090

October 18, 2014
Time: 10 AM - Noon
Location: Center for Independent Living of Central PA
207 House Avenue, Suite 107, Camp Hill, PA 17011

Apply Online Now - Camp Hill

November 7, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Lehigh Valley CIL
713 North 13th Street, Allentown, PA

Apply Online Now - Allentown

November 13, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Woodland Foundations
Jewel in the Woods Meditation Center, 134 Shenot Road, Wexford, PA 15090

Apply Online Now - Wexford

November 14, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: CLASS
1400 South Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15218

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November 19, 2014
Time: 6 PM - 8 PM
Location: State College High School - North, Room 8, 653 Westerly Parkway
State College, PA 16801

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Accommodations and supports will be provided, as well as light snacks.

For more information about the focus groups or about the project, contact: Ginger Jolly - 215-204-3053 or

Funded by the PA Developmental Disabilities Council.