Ready for the World (RFTW) is a unique, inclusive program for 18-21-year-olds, designed to foster and develop living skills in a safe environment, partnering individualized instruction in a small group setting. Young adults are empowered to be independent while focusing on future goals.
RFTW provides young adults living within the Roaring Fork Schools with a diagnosed disability and with significant cognitive impairments and/or deficits in adaptive behavior the opportunity to develop skills and experiences necessary to successfully move from a school-based environment to a supported adult program and/or within the community setting where she/he will demonstrate mastery of daily living activity and skills at their individual potential. The primary focus is to develop and implement a community-based transition plan that maximizes the young adult’s self-reliance, independence and problem-solving skills. This program focuses on utilizing community-based settings and adult-related services in order to provide instruction and practice associated with adult life.
Ready for the World
RFTW serves young adults ages 18-21 who are exiting high school and want and need additional support as they transition into their adult lives. RFTW also offers information that prepares young adults and parents for the adult services locally available, including:
-Job Skills Development (Education/Training; Vocational/Job Skills); Basic Living Skills Demonstration (Social Skills; Independent Living Skills); Community Access (Accessing the Community; Recreation/Leisure)
-Assistance to families for a comprehensive understanding of adult services available in this region (Local Adult Agency Providers/Community Agency Linkage such as: Mountain Valley Developmental Services [MVDS]; Division of Vocational Rehabilitation [DVR]; Center for Independence)
-Community-based component and instruction to maximize and promote rigorous lifetime learning, employment skills, friendships, and community skills as well as the young adult’s independence
-Collaboration with our young adults, their families, community agencies, and local businesses to ensure young adult success
-Young adults are supported in their least restrictive environments and learning age-appropriate content with their peers
-Provide student-centered planning based on strengths, preferences, and interests to ensure that every young adult is a part of our community, and has the skills necessary to live a quality life as independently as possible
-Commitment to serve young adults on an individual basis