Transition relates to the movement from one situation to another. That movement always involves change. Change(s) for which a person may need assistance.
Since 1981, WILC has been providing assistance to consumers as they cope with the changes and transitions in their lives. WILC’s qualified staff provides information, training, advocacy, counseling, guidance, and understanding when working with consumers as they transition between where they were, where they are now, and where they want to be.
EMPLOYMENT RELATED TRANSITIONS
People with disabilities represent the single largest minority group seeking employment in today’s marketplace. The unemployment rate of people with disabilities is ten times greater than the national unemployment rate. Over 65% of working-age adults with disabilities are unemployed.
WILC’s Partners for Success Program is a work readiness/ vocational & social rehabilitation Training Program designed and developed by WILC to provide information and supports that assist individuals with disabilities to better understand themselves, to successfully engage and participate in the vocational rehabilitation (VR) process, to obtain/retain employment, and to define and pursue a desired future, i.e., education, work, wellness, housing, etc. The Partners for Success Program consists of 12 hours of classroom training. After classroom training is completed, follow-up services, one-to-one support from one of Partners’ trained peer transition managers, and support groups are made available to participants who would benefit from further information/instruction/support.
WILC also has staff who are certified Benefits and Work Incentives Practitioners. They provide consumers with up-to-date information on work incentives. WILC’s Work Incentive Training Center helps consumers understand what resources are available to them and how to access resources, such as:
- SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) Work Incentives
- SSI (Supplemental Security Income) Work Incentives
- Medicaid Buy-In (Medicaid benefits for the working disabled)
- Ticket to Work
After completing the training, consumers are encouraged to contact WILC for individualized help. WILC’s staff can also provide assistance in locating resources to help in the development of a PASS PLAN (SSI’s Plans for Achieving Self-Support).
DISABILITY RELATED TRANSITIONS
Persons with disabilities represent approximately 19% of the population. They are our nation’s largest minority group and the only minority group anyone can become a member of at any time. WILC serves persons with all types of disabilities, i.e., physical, sensory, cognitive, mental/emotional, and multiple.
Whether a person’s disability is newly acquired or has been present since birth, WILC’s peer advisorsoffer emotional support and practical advice on disability-related issues and concerns. Peer advisors can meet with individuals on an individual and/or group basis at WILC’s main office in White Plains, satellite office (PILS) in Carmel, and/or outreach office in Yonkers. Peer Advisors also visit newly disabled individuals at hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and mental health facilities to help facilitate their transition back to the community. Peer Advisors can serve as role models. The approach is – we’ve been there, we can talk about how we’ve coped.
COMMUNITY LIVING TRANSITIONS
A successful transition into the community is much more than someone just changing where they live. The move from a nursing home to a residence in the community, for instance, is much more than a physical change. It includes an increasing sense of self-direction and decision-making on the part of the individual who is transitioning. It can also mean developing and using informal supports, as well as the more formal supports and services.
WILC is the Hudson Valley Region’s Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Regional Resource Development Center (RRDC) (funded by the NYS Department of Health). This Medicaid Waiver Program is a cost-effective, community-based alternative to nursing facility placement. It provides individuals with a TBI home and community-based services.
WILC is the Hudson Valley Region’s Nursing Home Transition and Diversion (NHTD) Waiver Regional Resource Development Center (RRDC) (funded by the NYS Department of Health). This Waiver Program assesses, plans, and supports the transition of nursing home residents, who are eager to and capable of returning to community living, back to integrated community living settings of their own choosing. It also assists in the diversion of persons at risk of being placed in a skilled nursing facility.
WILC’s TBI RRDC and NHTD RRDC facilitate the transitions of persons from in-state nursing homes into the community, from out-of-state nursing homes into the community, and from long-term rehabilitation facilities into the community.
For individuals who have substance usage, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), history with the Criminal Justice System, or are transitioning from various institutional settings to community living, WILC’s Partners for Success Program provides information and supports that enable these individuals to better understand themselves and to successfully engage the re-socialization process upon re-entry into the community.
LIFE AFTER SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Transition from life in school to life after school is a critical stage for all young adults. For students with disabilities, this transition may require extra planning and goal setting. Factors to be considered include post-secondary education, development of vocational/career goals, as well as the ability to live independently. A Transition Plan is the section of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) that outlines transition goals and services for the student. It is based on the student’s needs, strengths, skills, and interests. And, it should be done WITH the student, not for the student.
WILC’s Educational Advocacy Program is a Program of WILC and its satellite office, Putnam Independent Living Services (PILS). WILC’s Educational Advocates have the ability to:
- Assist students with disabilities, ages 14 – 21, prepare for life after school
- Develop an appropriate IEP Transition Plan
- Develop non-traditional community resources
- Establish a team with the student’s school, family and government services
Transition services tailored to a student’s goals and strengths provide him/her with options and plans for the future.
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