Young Adult Youth Leaders

Youth Services

Able SC provides services to advocate on behalf of young adults (ages 13-28) to provide them with the tools they need to become successful adults.  Specifically, we can work with students with disabilities to get them the education they need in the least restrictive environment. We give young adults with disabilities the specific skills they need to plan for their future, like identifying goals and the steps required to reach them.

EQUIP – EQUIP is open to young adults ages 13-28 and is unique because it is led by other young adults with disabilities. EQUIP teaches young adults about leadership, disability pride, and empowerment, and educates the community about the importance and value of inclusion.  Equip offers online and in-person monthly hangout sessions and a Facebook page to stay connected, as well as activities throughout the year to get involved and socialize with peers.  EQUIP is funded by the SC Developmental Disabilities Council and Family Connection of SC. For more information, email Taylor Krulac at tkrulac@able-sc.org.

CareerBoost – Able SC has partnered with the SC Commission for the Blind to provide Pre-Employment Transition services to individuals ages 13-21 who are enrolled in school. We provide Self-Advocacy and Work Readiness courses in several high schools in South Carolina, and we work one-on-one with students who would like individualized assistance with College or Career Exploration. Contact Chris Sparrow at csparrow@able-sc.org for more information.

Project Inclusion – Able SC has grants through United Way of the Piedmont and the SC Developmental Disabilities Council to work with students in four counties (Cherokee, Abbeville, Laurens, and Saluda) to assist them with their transition into adulthood.  We provide activities for students within the school, but also work one-on-one with young adults to teach them how to plan for their future and accomplish their goals.  Able SC works with teachers and parents to empower the students to reach their highest level of independence.  Project Inclusion also seeks to provide disability sensitivity and etiquette training to community professionals in order to promote inclusion of people with disabilities.  Email Jerri Davison at jdavison@able-sc.org for details.

SC Youth Leadership Forum (SC YLF)- South Carolina Youth Leadership Forum (SC YLF) is a unique 4 day and 3 night overnight summer experience that empowers and enhances the leadership and self-advocacy skills for young adults with disabilities. Delegates participate in hands-on activities with peers, mentors, lawmakers, and successful role models with disabilities. SC YLF is open to young adults with any type of disability who are rising 11th or 12th graders or recent graduates. Delegates are selected based upon an application and interview. SC YLF is funded through the SC Developmental Disabilities Council. Contact Cameron Thaller at ylf@able-sc.org if you have questions.

Path to Achieving Self-Sufficiency (PASS) – PASS is a grant through United Way of Greenville County that focuses on middle or high school students and works with them to ensure their successful transition into college, employment, housing, etc.  Email Jerri Davison at jdavison@able-sc.org for more information.

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