Purpose: Build capacity to find and engage youth with disabilities who are no longer in school and not employed or who face barriers to employment such as involvement with justice systems, connection to the child welfare system, and experiences with homelessness.
During the convening, attendees learned from and engaged in discussions with youth and professional experts to better understand the experiences of these youth and what works to engage and support them in achieving competitive integrated employment outcomes.
Attendees increased their knowledge of:
- The experiences of Opportunity Youth with disabilities and common challenges they face in accessing services needed to achieve employment outcomes
- Successful strategies for identifying, engaging, and retaining Opportunity Youth with disabilities in services
- Strategies for developing collaborative relationships with other agencies and service providers to connect to and effectively serve Opportunity Youth with disabilities