Braiding Possibilities for Indigenous Transition Youth Programs June 3, 2024 at 1:15 pm

The Native Center for Disabilities at the University of Arizona braids together diverse funding resources with Tribal, state, community and youth partnership using Indigenous practiced based evidence to create inclusive and culturally based Native youth transition services: 1) Finds Their Way project aims to increase access for Native youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) to skill development, knowledge, services, and supports to participate in long-term competitive integrated employment careers; 2) expanding Pre-Employment Transition Services (preETS) work-based learning model, a program that increases meaningful employment opportunities for transition aged youth with disabilities (ages 14-22), within Tribal nations; and 3) the annual American Indian Youth Disability Summit, a forum using Talking Circles and Native Storytelling to document the voices of Tribal youth with disabilities.

Key Learning Outcomes

1.Participants will identify 3 Indigenous practice-based programs for Native youth transition programs.
2. Participants will describe how Indigenous practice-based evidence is utilized to create inclusive and culturally responsive transition programs.
3. Participants will document how to braid diverse funding streams and partnerships to develop Native youth transition programs.


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