Webinar: Transition Planning for Youth with Physical Disabilities

Juvenile Law Center,
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We're partnering with the Support Center for Child Advocates to produce a webinar training series for child welfare and juvenile justice professionals! Youth with disabilities are significantly over-represented in both the child welfare system and the juvenile justice system, and planning for the transition from those systems to a successful adulthood presents unique challenges. Support Center for Child Advocates, Center for Excellence in Advocacy is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors to offer continuing education for social workers, marriage and family therapists and professional counselors. Support Center for Child Advocates, Center for Excellence in Advocacy maintains responsibility for the program(s).

Youth with physical disabilities often have difficulty accessing services while in foster care or the juvenile justice system, including community-based placements, independent living skills training, permanency services, and vocational programs. They also may struggle to connect with adult-serving systems, resulting in damaging gaps in health care and other services. Learn how to advocate for youth with physical disabilities and ensure they get the services they need to successfully transition to adulthood.

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Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn strategies to ensure that youth with physical disabilities grow up in families.
  • Participants will be able to help their clients transition from pediatric to adult medical care.
  • Participants will learn how to connect their clients with adult service systems, including Medicaid Waivers and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.
  • Participants will learn creative strategies for preparing their clients for independent living and adulthood.

Expert Contributors:

  • Karen U. Lindell, Skadden Fellow, Juvenile Law Center (facilitator)
  • Symme Trachtenberg, MSW, LSW, Director of Community Education, Career Path & LEND Community Outreach at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Mary Beth Morgan, Independent Living Specialist – Youth Transition, at Liberty Resources
  • Jamele Greenwood, Former Foster Youth and Youth Advocate