Young people with disabilities and their parents/caregivers can both greatly benefit from connecting with their peers and having opportunities to support their personal growth. Additionally, we often hear from young people that they want to be heard by their caregivers and have them involved as a support as they grow into young leaders and become more self-sufficient. Through this virtual workshop series, we give caregivers the tools they need to support the young people in their care as a vital part of their transition team.
Families Together in NYS, INCLUDEnyc, and the Parent Network of Western NY are partnering to offer a series of FREE virtual workshops for parents and caregivers that bring together the family and youth perspectives. Focusing on teaching, modeling, and support, these sessions take place alongside the YLFs and throughout the community.
Parents/caregivers attend the workshop in close proximity of a virtual YLF and participate in sessions providing the opportunity to support their child attending a new event, connect with their peers in order to support their own personal growth, and witness their child graduate VYLF with pride. Caregivers without youth participating in the VYLF are welcome as well!
Topics in these virtual sessions include:
- Setting & Sharing Expectations
- Disability History, Etiquette, and Communication
- Youth as Leaders
- Overcoming Fears During the Transition to Adulthood
- Resources to Reach Goals
- Guest Self-Advocacy Youth Speaker
- Creating a Personal Leadership Plan
- Joint Leadership Activity with Youth Participants