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Fast Track & Reaching Our Dreams

 

NEW – Remote, Virtual Programs and Learning Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

Fast Track and Reaching Our Dreams now available online

While Access Living and Chicago-area schools are closed due to Covid-19, Access Living’s Youth Team is now offering our in-school programs online!

High school and college students with disabilities are invited to enroll in Fast Track and Reaching Our Dreams virtual learning. Group sessions are held several times a week from 1-2 p.m.

Program Criteria:

  • 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 webinars, 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.

 

Emily Garmager

Youth Coordinator

egarmager@accessliving.org

(312) 834-4387

 

Chinette Gilmore

Youth Coordinator

cgilmore@accessliving.org

(312) 371-5403

 
 

More about Fast Track and Reaching Our Dreams:

A classroom filled with rows of desks.
Fast Track and Reaching Our Dreams teach young people skills to build their own, independent futures.

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 available to youth currently participating in Fast Track. Participants learn life skills to help them be as independent as possible.

Workshop Topics:

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