FACT Oregon, a non-profit organization which supports Oregon families with disabilities, will host a “Transition to Adulthood” seminar to provide resources for disabled teens and young adults as they seek employment and other adult services.

“Transition to Adulthood” will be held Thursday, November 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Capital Center (18640 NW Walker Road) in Beaverton.

The seminar is free and includes a light dinner. Both the meal and the space are provided by the Beaverton School District.

FACT Oregon is partnering with Washington County’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Washington County Developmental Disabilities, Independence Northwest, Self-Determination Resources Inc, and Disability Rights of Oregon to provide the following resources and training sessions:

– Employment opportunities
– A vision for life after school
– The role of the Individualized Education Program throughout the transition years
– The adult support services that are available for individuals who have disabilities
– Guardianships
– Discussion of disability benefits

Jenny Cavarno, FACT Oregon’s Northwest program coordinator, said that the organization will be launching brand new curriculum this year. “This will be the first time we’ve done this particular training,” she said.

This year’s more extensive “Transition to Adulthood” training is made possible by federal grants which FACT Oregon uses to serve Oregon families with disabilities in various capacities. “In July of 2014, we received a grant from Oregon’s Department of Education to further shore up the support for families and one of the areas is the transition [years],” Cavarno said.

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