Independent living and employment skills
for youth and young adults with disabilities
Services are offered to youth and their families to support independent living goals through best practices and partnerships with schools, service agencies, and community organizations. Staff will engage youth in activities that align with their skills and interests including recreation, employment, self-advocacy, and transition. Youth will create goals within the areas of leisure, employment, self-advocacy, independent living, and future planning.
A plan centered around these goals will be created for each student.Interactive classes are offered to youth and young adults ages 13 to 26 looking to develop skills for independent living, competitive employment, or community-based living. Classes are free of charge and run on a school calendar year.
Master the art of cooking and the basics of food preparation and kitchen safety
Learn how to manage your income, spending, savings so you have lifelong financial security
Learn tips to help you stay safe in any environment, including basic self-defense and how to get help
Educate yourself on practicing safe sex, building a positive body image and protecting yourself from exploitation
Master the art of navigating social situations and making friends
Find your passion for giving back and build you resume with local volunteer opportunities
Students learn resume building skills, participate in mock interviews, and complete interest testing for future career opportunities
July 7 – August 13, 2020
Our six-week summer program will boost independence and develop leadership skills needed to succeed. This unique program offers students the opportunity to stay on the campus of the University of Toledo where they master everyday tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and laundry in a dorm setting. Students are employed at local businesses and organizations where they build on professional skills. Participants also get paid for their work in the program. Upon completing the program, participants will be able to:
Watch this video produced by the Toledo Blade documenting each phase of the Next Steps Summer Program.
Our Rec Club provides an opportunity for peers to connect and build social skills in a comfortable environment. Participants attend monthly community events including bowling, movies, Cedar Point trip, festivals, and local sporting events. You must be a participant in Life Skills to join Rec Club.
Youth are served through independent living skills in the four county area of Defiance, Williams, Henry, and Fulton county.
“Branden was professional with everyone at the agency. He interacted well with staff and was a great part of helping staff with tasks such as scanning, copying and filing. He was willing to take on any project and did each project well! The staff at the Epilepsy Center enjoyed the time Branden spent here and look forward to seeing more success for Branden as he moves on to the next step in his future.”
The Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio
“Our organization takes great pride in fostering the intern’s skill set so that they can reach the “Next Step” in their journey to independence and adulthood.”