Creating a "Picture of a Life": Empowering and Supporting Foster Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities toward Positive Futures

Affiliated Project(s): 

Poster Symposium: Improving the Hand-off: A Collaborative Approach to Transitions Throughout the Lifespan
2014 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Annual Conference
Washington, DC
November 10, 2014

Jacy Farkas, MA and Lynne Tomasa, PhD - Sonoran UCEDD
Melissa Kushner, MSW - AZ DES Division of Developmental Disabilities

Youth with disabilities in foster care are at a severe disadvantage in moving toward successful adulthood. Through a collaborative initiative with the Arizona DD agency and independent living centers, the Sonoran UCEDD is implementing a statewide program for foster youth with I/DD, offering person-centered plans (PCP) and self-advocacy workshops. This initiative evaluates the efficacy of PCP, facilitator behaviors, and cross-systems collaboration to improve outcomes of transition to adulthood.

Creating a "Picture of a Life": Empowering and Supporting Foster Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities toward Positive Futures