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21and Able

Helping young people with disabilities: Building a place for all in our community.

People with disabilities and their parents experience fewer opportunities after high school for employment, housing and strong connections to the community. 21 & Able was developed to help these young adults achieve greater independence.

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 by increasing employment, housing opportunities and other support.

Since 2013, hundreds of people with disabilities have obtained jobs through the 21 & Able Career Transition Project and have benefited from information and education. More recently, United Way’s advocacy efforts helped enact new legislation in Pennsylvania to make sure people with disabilities have the opportunity to work at competitive wages in a wide range of jobs as their first option out of high-school. These significant changes are helping young people live richer, fuller lives.

For more information on transition planning, click here.

Donate to support the recruitment, training and management of Career Transition Project sites and advocacy to help support legislation that creates new opportunities.

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