Monday, March 16, 2009

Support Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: Transition Faire

Alameda County Public Health Department is hosting their Transition Information Faire for individuals with developmental disabilities on March 28, 2009 at the College of Alameda. This is an opportunity for any individual to learn about services from agencies that help individuals manage issues such as housing, employment, and self advocacy. Although the Faire is aimed primarily at young adults transitioning out of the school system, I’m told that many of these services are appropriate for older individuals, who are welcome to attend as well. The March 13, 2009 registration deadline has passed, but I’ve been told that  registrants can still apply.

Negotiating the maze of support services for disabled individuals can be an overwhelming task. It can require searching the internet, making numerous phone calls, waiting for responses and meticulous record keeping. Unfortunately, for individuals with Asperger’s, autism and other developmental disabilities, those who really need the services, these organizational skills may be especially difficult to manage. Events like this, with real people available to talk directly to the people they work with, can make it much easier to figure out the system.

You can access the brochure with information at the Alameda County Public Health Department website. (It’s under: Major Events and Activities: 2009 Transition Faire March 28, 2009 - School Registration Form.

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