COVID-19 has denied all graduates the thrill of wearing a cap and gown and getting their diploma at a Graduation Ceremony. However, the impct of COVID-19 on students with disabilities that are 'aging-out' of their school placement at age 21 is even more significant.
Because of the many restrictions that were put into place due to COVID-19, many of these graduates were unable to complete coursework required for their diploma or unable to move into adult services since they could not get the necessary assesments required by OPWDD's Front Door or found that no adult programs were avaialbe to them at this time.
Chris Treiber, IAC Associate Executive Director of Children's Services has been working with families, providers and other associations to address this issue and provide a viable pathway to the future for these individuals.
If you would like to join your voice to this advocacy effort, please click the link below to view guidance provided by Ashley Grant, Supervising Staff Attorney at Adovcares for Children of NewYork.