Teen and Young Adult Initiative (IFTW)

Current Arkansas Resources


Independent Futures That Work Project

Independent Futures that Work (IFTW) is a project of the Alabama Parent Education Center in partnership with Parent Training and Information Centers from five other states including Arkansas.  IFTW is designed to help in the successful transition of youth and young adults from high school into the next stage of adult life.  “Transition” is used to describe the period when youth with disabilities (ages 14-26) begin to focus on their future adult life.  IFTW will provide resources and trainings for youth with disabilities, their families, and professionals. 

Website

IFTW Arkansas State Advisory Committee

Members


Checklists

Living Independently Here We Come!Working Independently Here We Come!
Learning Independently Here We Come!College Ready Here We Come!

Teen/Adult with Disabilities Newsletter Art Contest!

We are looking for teen and adult artists with disabilities in Arkansas to create our next mascot for our newsletter! Click Here to find out more!

New Learning Management System!!

IFTW needs you! The Independent Futures That Work (IFTW) project is preparing to launch a Learning Management System (LMS) providing various topics on transitioning to independent living, learning, and working. IFTW would like to include short videos of individuals from each Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) participating in the project. To be considered as a nominee for the videos, we ask that the student be in the process of transitioning from high school to independent living, learning, or working. Please complete the nomination form: save the form to your computer and then submit it as an attachment to: [email protected] Thanks for your consideration and participation in this effort. Let’s represent Arkansas well!

Nomination Form


18 and Life to Go / Young Lawyers Section of the AR Bar Association

Abilities Unlimited Services / Abilities Unlimited of Hot Springs

Abilities Unlimited Services / Abilities Unlimited of Jonesboro

Abilities Unlimited Services / Abilities Unlimited of Van Buren

Access Life / ACCESS Group Inc.

Adults on the Autism Spectrum Support Group / Lud Koz in Little Rock

Arkansas Transition Planning Resource Guide / Arkansas Transition Services

At Risk Youth Mentoring Program / Southeast Arkansas Independent Living Services

Community and Employment Support / Arkansas Department of Human Services

Community Parent Resource Center Trainings / Arkansas Support Network-CPRC

Community Parent Resource Center Resources / Arkansas Support Network-CPRC

G.U.I.D.E. For Life / Leadership Support Service Arkansas Department of Education

Guardianship Fact Sheet / Center for Arkansas Legal Services

Including You / Disability Rights Arkansas

Independent Living Services / Mainstream Center for Independent Living Services

Independent Living Services / Southeast Arkansas Independent Living Services (SAILS)

Life Skills / World Services for the Blind of Little Rock

Ouachita Region (AR) Resource Guide / United Way of the Ouachita’s

Points of Discussion for Agencies Visiting with Students /Arkansas Transition Services

Preparing for Life After High School / Arkansas Transition Services

Project AWIPA / Sources for Community Independent Living, Inc.

Real-Life Arkansas / AR Department of Workforce Services

Roommate Housing / Easter Seals of Arkansas

SDHH Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing / Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

Skills to Pay the Bills / Office of Disability Employment Policy

Social Work and Counseling / World Services for the Blind of Little Rock

Supported Living Services / Lifestyles, Inc

Tenant Based Rental Assistance / Southeast Arkansas Independent Living Services

Transition Activities / Arkansas Transition Services

Transition Training (pre-recorded) / Arkansas Support Network

What You Need to Know / Arkansas Rehabilitation

What is Independent Living? / SAILS Spa Area Independent Living Service

Youth Leadership Forum / Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

Health Care Transition

Transition Readiness Changing Roles for Families Online Checklist / The Center for Exceptional Families / Arkansas Department of Human Services

Transition Readiness Changing Roles for Families Printable Checklist / Spanish / Arkansas Department of Human Services

Transition Readiness Changing Roles for Youth Printable Checklist / Spanish / Arkansas Department of Human Services

Family 2 Family Health Information Center of Arkansas / Arkansas Disability Coalition

Arkansas Next: A Guide to Life After High School / Arkansas Next

Career Pathways / Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative

College Bound Arkansas / Arkansas Transition Services

Educate Motivate Prepare Opportunity Workplace Readiness Employment Responsibility (Empower) / University of Arkansas

Helping Our Wolves Learn (HOWL) / Arkansas State University / Jonesboro

Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing / Arkansas Rehabilitation

Scholarship Opportunity / Arkansas Autism Foundation

Scholarship Opportunity / Arkansas Governor's Commission

Scholarship Opportunities List / Best Colleges.org

Scholarship Opportunity / Ralph G Norman LDA

Scholarship Opportunity / Linda K Overstreet UARK

Tips for Talking to Your Professors / Arkansas Transition Services

Transition Activities / Arkansas Transition Services

Transition Age Youth Program / World Services for the Blind of Little Rock

Transition Training (pre-recorded) / Arkansas Support Network

Vocational Education/Training / Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

What You Need to Know / Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Facts / Arkansas Transition Services / Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

Youth Leadership Forum / Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

50 Questions to Expect During Your Job Interview / Arkansas Transition Services

Supported Employment / Abilities Unlimited

Access Life / Access Group

Arkansas Employment First Leadership State Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) / Arkansas Rehabiliation Services

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services / Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

Arkansas Next: A Guide to Life After High School / Arkansas Next

Career Pathways / Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative

Career Readiness Certification / Arkansas Department of Workforce Services

Career Services / Abilities Unlimited of Van Buren

Career Traning Services / World Services for the Blind of Little Rock

Community and Employment Support / Arkansas Department of Human Services

Community Investment Initiative / Arkansas Department of Workforce Services

Employment and Community Living Services / Central Arkansas Disability Services (CADS)

Employment First / Association of People Supporting Employment First

Employment Support / Disability Rights Arkansas (DRA)

Employment Support / Open Avenues

External Employment Services / Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

Job Path / Friendship Community Care, Inc

Job Shadowing Guidelines / Arkansas Transition Services

Job Skills Training / ACCESS Group Inc.

Online Program Fundamentals Courses / World Services for the Blind of Little Rock

Parent Resources / ACCESS Group, Inc.

Pre-Employment Transition Services / Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

Project Search / ACCESS

Project Search / Friendship Community Care, Inc

Pre-Employment Transition Services / Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

Sample Job Application / Arkansas Transition Services

Self-Employment Small Business / Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing / Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

Supported Employment / Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

Supported Employment (Scroll to Bottom) / Building Bridges

Supported Employment / Civitan Services

Supported Employment / Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) Community Employment Supporty (CES) Waiver Services

Supported Employment / Easter Seals

Supported Employment / First Step

Supported Employment / Focus Inc

Supported Employment / Integrity Inc

Supported Employment Services / Lifestyles, Inc.

Temporary Assistance for Needed Families – TANF / Arkansas Department of Workforce Services

The Path to Success with ARS / Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

Transition Activities / Arkansas Transition Services

Transition Training (pre-recorded) / Arkansas Support Network

Transitional Employment Assistance (TEP) / Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

Understanding VR & Independent Living / Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

What You Need to Know / Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

Work Pays / Arkansas Department of Workforce

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Facts / Arkansas Transition Services / Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

Youth Leadership Forum / Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

Website / Accessible Chef

Financial Planning for Special Needs Families / EParent

Family Toolkit: Pediatrics to Adult Healthcare / Got Transition

Tools and Support for Self Determination / I'm Determined

Charting the Life Course Nexus / Life Course Nexus: University of Missouri

Your Complete Guide to Transition Planning and Services / Mary Morningstar, University of Kansas

Employment for Students with Disabilities / MT Deafblind Project

Transition Planning / National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

Recommendations to Improve Transition Outcomes / National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

Self Determination / National Pacer Center on Transition and Employment

Cents and Sensiblity / PA Assistive Technology Foundation

Job Skills Training / Project Search International

Website / National Technical Assistance Center on Transition: The Collaborative (NTACT:C)

Policy Guidance:  A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Ed and Employment for Students & Youth w/ Disabilities (August 2020) / Ed.gov

The Center for Exceptional Families has created a newsletter for teens and young adults with disabilities. These newsletters will have information for them, their families, their schools, and other community organizations to support them in living working and learning (lwli) independently. There are now 4 newsletters a year, released every 3 months.

Sign up for the LWLI Newsletter CLICK HERE

Past Issues:

LWLI Issue 2 April 2024

LWLI Issue 1 January 2024

LWLI Issue 4 October 2023

LWLI Issue 3 July 2023

LWLI Issue 2 April 2023

LWLI Issue 1 January 2023

LWLI Issue 3 December 2022

LWLI Issue 2 August 2022

LWLI Issue 1 April 2022

 


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