21and Able

Keep young people with disabilities growing.

People with disabilities and their parents see limited opportunities after high school for employment, housing and connection to the community. There is no clear roadmap for a successful transition into adulthood.

As part of our smart investments and comprehensive plan to help people with disabilities live independently, United Way’s 21 & Able initiative helps young adults with disabilities transition smoothly from the last day of high school to the first day of adult life and beyond. 21 & Able is increasing employment and housing opportunities and supports so that young adults with disabilities have greater independence.

In the past 18 months, hundreds of people with disabilities and their families have benefitted from the opportunities for information, education and advocacy provided by United Way’s 21 and Able initiative. This information is solving real family challenges that affect their daily lives

For more information on transition planning, click here.

You can help by volunteering your time or by providing funding that will support the recruitment, training and management of Career Transition Project sites and state advocacy to help support legislation that creates new opportunities.

Use the sign up form below to receive a weekly update about the 21 and Able program.

21 & Able’s work to ensure competitive employment for youth with disabilities is funded through the generous support of the Kessler Foundation.


We have assisted

over 24,000 children and youth

in our community

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