Program Descriptions

Youth Transition Services

ATI is a collaborative partner with the Cortland Enlarged City School District in its Model Transition Program (MTP), which began in September 2007 and will run through 2010. In December 2007 and January 2008, ATI facilitated 27 panel discussion workshops on disability awareness for all 1,300 students of Cortland Junior Senior High School (CHS). ATI has also facilitated two other workshops at CHS for approximately 90 special education students. Those workshops focused on transition from school to the community and offered students information on community resources and how to be self-advocates. ATI is currently pursuing the development of a Youth Advocacy Group at CHS.

ATI has facilitated another 20 workshops over the past two years for youth in all five Cortland County school districts. ATI has facilitated a full day of workshops for kids in grades K-6 at Randall Elementary and Parker Elementary Schools in Cortland. For the past two years, ATI has participated in the orientation programs for the Cortland County Summer Youth Employment Program. Close to 100 youth learned about the independent living philosophy and how to apply it to their transition out of school and into the community.

ATI partners with other local agencies to facilitate the annual Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) activities. This is a nationally recognized event that provided approximately 30 youth an opportunity to job shadow with a mentor in 2007 and more than 65 youth in 2008.

For the past two years, ATI has co-sponsored of the Cortland Area Communities That Care (CACTC) Youth Conference, an annual event which serves youth from throughout Cortland County.

ATI staff serve on the Cortland Youth Advisory Board, the National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN), New York's Youth Power! group, and the State Rehabilitation Council.

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