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CIL-NET Presents… A National Teleconference & Webinar – Supporting Youth in Transition: How CILs Can Contract for Youth Transition Services

IL-NET Logo - CIL-NET + SILC-NETCenters for Independent Living (CILs) are required to support young people with disabilities as they transition to adulthood. This “new” core service is hardly new anymore, but many of us are still trying to figure out the best ways to address it. Join us in September to learn how one CIL has built excellent youth transition services for young people in their community – and turned them into revenue generators for their CIL. LVCIL (Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living) has spent a decade building programs for young people with disabilities, and getting paid by VR, schools, and other funding sources to do it. Our presenters will share the details of their programs, lessons learned along the way, and how you can get started or expand this work in your area.

You won’t want to miss this critical webinar. Sign up today!

Registration Fee: $75.00. Fee is per site (connection) and does not apply per participant; registrants are encouraged to gather as many individuals as desired to participate by telephone. 

Target Audience

  • CIL Program Managers, IL Specialists, Youth Transition Facilitators, and any other staff members who work with youth with disabilities.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training, participants will have knowledge and resources that will enable them to:

  • Describe strategies for establishing relationships and collaborations with vocational rehabilitation, school districts, and other relevant organizations.
  • Identify steps to set up and manage pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) for youth.
  • Describe examples of funding opportunities, partnerships, and contracts to maintain youth transition programs and services.
  • Describe examples of successful programs and services that demonstrate how the IL philosophy is integral to providing transition services for young adults.

Meet Your Presenters

Seth Hoderewski is the Director of Transition Services at Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL) where he has worked for 9 years. He has worked in the social services field for over 20 years, with the last 9 years directly in the field of transition. He has helped to shape the current multi-faceted youth transition services at LVCIL and oversees and works with the S2L group, the Real World Lehigh Valley summer program, Pre-Employment Transition Services, LIFE (school-based fee for service program), and numerous other related LVCIL projects and programs.

Joe Michener is the Director of Employment Services at LVCIL, where he manages the Career Path, VIP (Vocational Independence Program – WIOA), and LCCC SEED (support for college students) programs. Joe has worked in vocational services for more than 15 years, and he has been involved in developing and managing successful grant and fee-for-service programs in partnership with the Department of Labor (including Vocational Rehabilitation) and the Department of Human Services.

The IL-NET is a national training and technical assistance project for centers for independent living and statewide independent living councils. The IL-NET is operated by Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL), and Utah State University Center for Persons with Disabilities.

The IL-NET is supported by grant numbers 90ILTA0001 and 90ISTA0001 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.

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