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January 2023

Teen and Young Adult Programs

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Program Highlights

Maryland Youth Leadership Forum Engage. Ampify. Impact. 
June 26-28, 2023 at Towson University. 
Open to High School Juniors and Seniors in Maryland with ANY type of disability. Deadline to apply March 3, 2023, Contact Danielle Bustos dbustos@innow.org 240-898-2189

PreETS Self-Awareness and Self-Advocacy Training Program

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Self Awareness and Self Advocacy Training is a collaborative partnership program between The IMAGE Center and The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS).

What benefit does this training provide? 

● Empowerment for teens and young adults to explore skills of self awareness and self advocacy as they relate to either college preparation or vocational exploration. 

● Information on disability disclosure, rights and accommodations related to college bound and career bound students. 

● Personalized goal setting and skill building in relation to increased independent living. 

● Student and family resources for all future outcomes. 

Who is eligible for this FREE training? 

Students enrolled in a secondary school (including home school or other alternative secondary education program)post-secondary education program, or other recognized educational program and has not exited, graduated, or withdrawn.

Students at least 14 years old but less than age 22 

Students with a disability documented with an IEP, 504 plan, medical records, or a doctor’s note. 

To learn more about SASA training please contact:

Jessica Leone, Director for Teen and Young Adult Services

at The IMAGE Center

443-275-9396 or jleone@imagemd.org

All registrants will need a direct referral from DORS to get started: 

Already connected with a DORS counselor?

Message Jleone@imagemd.org and contact your counselor directly and ask for a referral for the PreETS Training provided by The IMAGE Center. 

Not yet connected with DORS?

Message Jleone@imagemd.org and follow the link to request a referral. A case file for referral will be created for you and you should be contacted by DORS within 10 days. 

https://dors.maryland.gov/consumers/Pages/referral.aspx       

    
*Schools may seek permission from families to refer students directly*

Independent Living Skills Training

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Designed to teach individuals with disabilities the skills necessary for acquiring, maintaining, or increasing their independence. Individual training is provided in areas such as personal assistant management, building self-esteem, money management, navigating one’s environment, and self-advocacy. All of our skills training is directed by the consumer and what aligns with his, her, or their goals. Please know that this is a popular service, so at this time there is a waiting list for skills training.

If you have questions about independent living skills training or would like to sign up for our waiting list, please email ilskills@imagemd.org or call 443-320-4008.

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