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     *   Mission to Transition
     *  Group Homes and Day Programs After Graduation: Are These My
        Only Options?



 Mission to Transition


 Pocket Resume Template from the New Jersey Self-Advocacy Project


Entering the workforce is an exciting new transition for students exiting the education system. This pocket-sized resume template can be a helpful tool for individuals at any stage of the employment process. It includes fillable sections for work experience, education, and references but also offers tips for how to nail the interview. Find more resources from the New Jersey Self-Advocacy Project.

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Group Homes and Day Programs After Graduation: Are These My Only Options?


By: Amy Jedele

As a new (or soon-to-be) graduate, you are faced with choices on how to live your life without the familiarity of a daily set schedule, schoolwork, and activities. Sometimes this can feel scary and overwhelming. You may ask yourself, "What will I do with my days now? Where will I live?” 


In this blog post, we will explore your options and share resources. People with disabilities and their families are often taught that going to a day program is the next step after high school. What if, instead, you could fill your day with your favorite activities? Hang out with your friends, work at a job or start a career, and have your own personal support staff all at the same time? What if you could hire your parent or family friend to support you in the community? This is called self-direction, and it’s all possible!


Self-direction and other community-based models offer people with disabilities the option to live outside of group homes or “congregate settings”. A person can choose to live in their family’s home, in a supported living environment, or even in their own apartment or home. 


Support staff can be hired to help make this a reality.  These options might sound impossible, but I promise you they ARE possible!  


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