Fast Track & Reaching Our Dreams


In-Person Programs for Students with Disabilities:

Both Fast Track and Reaching Our Dreams have resumed in-school sessions, with Access Living group leaders coming into your students’ classrooms to conduct program sessions. Virtual options are available if preferred by a school or teacher.

Fast Track

Fast Track encourages students with disabilities to think about their futures; it begins to prepare the students for entering the work force or pursuing post-secondary education.

Workshop subjects include:

  • An introduction to resumes and job interviews
  • Continuing education options
  • Disability history and awareness
  • Independent living skills
  • Communications skills
  • Accessibility accommodations, with coordinators and students discussing students’ IEP or 504 plans, the accommodations students receive at high school, and how those accommodations might translate to college or the workplace

Reaching Our Dreams

Reaching Our Dreams (ROD) is a program in which participants learn life skills to help them be as independent as possible.

Workshop subjects include:

  • Healthy eating
  • Transportation
  • Disability history and awareness
  • Communication skills
  • Self-care

Program Criteria:


Emily Garmager

Youth Coordinator

(312) 834-4387


Chinette Gilmore

Youth Coordinator

(312) 371-5403

  • Students must be between the ages of 14 to 21
  • Students must have an IEP, 504 plan, or medical diagnosis of disability
  • No participating student may have an open case with Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Fill out necessary paperwork – our Youth Team can help you with this! (Note: The paperwork is available to download on the left side of this page.)

How do I Enroll?

To get started with Fast Track and Reaching Our Dreams, you or your parent/guardian need to fill out some paperwork and return it to our Youth Team. We will work with you to determine the best way to exchange this paperwork. Contact Emily Garmager or Chinette Gilmore to get started.