Video - Young Adults with Disabilities: Life After High School
Do you know what happens to people with significant disabilities after they graduate from high school? Watch this video to learn about the need for community-based funding, services and supports.
The video was commissioned by Fairfax County's Long Term Care Coordinating Council
Get the Facts
- Virginia makes a tremendous investment in students with disabilities to ensure their independence and successful transition in the community after graduation.
- After graduation, services and supports are no longer guaranteed and there are waiting lists for many community-based services, including employment support services, day programs for people with significant disabilities, and accessible and integrated housing.
- Without community-based services, many students are graduating "to the couch" and are socially isolated at home, unable to be productive, independent community members.
- Over 1,000 individuals with disabilities in the Fairfax area are on waiting lists for Medicaid waiver services; almost half as many individuals are also in need of services but are not eligible for Medicaid waivers due to strict eligibility criteria.
- Current waiver rates are not sufficient to ensure that individuals get the level or types of services they need to live in the Northern Virginia area. It is critical that individuals get the services and supports they need to remain near family and friends.
Learn more in the Fairfax County 2013 Human Services Issue Paper.
Fairfax County Public Schools
- Career and Transition Services | Secondary Transition to Employment Program (STEP) Overview
- Earl L. Pulley Center