Young adults with disabilities on a film and media crew

What's next after high school? Launching plans successfully.

How can young adults with disabilities connect?

Launch Buddies Media Crews.

Young adults can join a class where media production connects life skills and community inclusion.

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Consider a Successful Launch:

Trevor is a 27-year old young adult living with a chromosomal disability, which significantly affects his adaptive skill development. During high school, he was on the drum line at football games, fully included in general education and had plenty of social connections. At 26 years old, he was determined to live independently, and without any real plan he moved out from his family home.

Without having the adaptive skills necessary for successful independent living, he moved out of state (and unfortunately) totaled 2 cars, lost 3 jobs and his 2 girlfriends broke up with him over his inability to keep a job. He found great difficulty in navigating life without a plan for responsible independent living.

TREVOR AND HIS PARENTS NEEDED A PLAN TO

STOP THE CRISIS AND GET BACK ON TRACK!

After convincing him to come back home and get reset, Trevor agreed to spend 10 weeks with a iLaunch Buddy Crew to gain friendship, develop a comprehensive life plan to get motivated to restart his dream for independent living.

After an engaging 10 weeks of building friendship and gaining a formal plan, Trevor is now taking is own BIG STEPS to take his plans to his DVR counselor and agency support providers to break down the barriers which were preventing his success!

Launch Buddies Explained: 

WHO

Young adults living with disabilities who want to learn video production while connecting with buddies who are also launching plans for community inclusion and independent living.

WHAT

Our buddies use the plans they develop in the KEYS found in My Transition Portfolio as a framework for their community integration.  They reflect, develop and execute their plans through writing scripts and creating media to highlight their experiences.

WHERE

In-person and online classes are available through MyKey Plans sign-ups. School-based and community-based meeting spaces are identified and utilized to allow for collaboration and video creation.

WHEN

Quarterly (10-week) 2 hour coaching sessions with peers, establish plans and create motivational video content for highlighting and maintaining social connections

WHY

Launch Buddies exists to support individuals with disabilities in creating transition plans and maintaining lasting social connections promoting inclusion in schools and the greater community.

HOW

Crew members join a class and utilize social skills to share their plans for community inclusion through media production.  Skills are developed in the appropriate use of technology  

  • iLaunch YouTube Channel
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