The Taft Foundation has awarded QSAC a grant in support of the agency's transition services for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are preparing to graduate or have recently graduated from high school. The grant will significantly enhance the vocational services that QSAC provides. Specifically, the grant will enable us to meet the growing need for comprehensive transition services that has only increased due to the pandemic.
The program will offer students and recent graduates training in self-advocacy and 21st century work skills that are aligned with the National Career and College Readiness Standards. Additional information regarding the program will be distributed in early August, but parents and/or students who would like to express their interest in the program can click here to email the project team. The project will also provide a pathway to a paid internship and/or assistance with post-secondary planning.
In addition to supporting the transition initiative, the Foundation awarded a grant to support QSAC's efforts to recruit and retain direct support professionals (DSPs). The funding will enable QSAC to identify potential ideas and initiatives that could aid in sustaining and growing the direct support workforce given the critical role that they have in supporting the families we serve.