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What is BRIDGES? 

Tylor helping Sarah by working on a computer.

BRIDGES is a community based program designed to assist high school students and young adults with disabilities making the transition to employment, higher education, vocational training, and/or adulthood. Program participants learn about independent living, self-advocacy,  and vocational skills through year-round workshops and programming that provide hands-on experiences designed for students’ specific needs. Additionally, the program is administered by individuals with disabilities who serve as role models and examples to youth.

BRIDGES staff also provide one-on-one assistance to individuals and families, support and advocacy for students with IEPs and 504 plans, presentations and workshops at area schools, and information and referral to community resources.  


  • Building Relationships
  • Reaching Goals
  • Independence
  • Developing Skills
  • Guiding Students
  • Empowerment
  • Self–Advocacy

What are the goals of the program?

  • Promoting independence through knowledge and support of family, experienced role models, peer counselors, and utilizing community resources. 
  • Providing the students with the knowledge needed in order to live independently as possible.
  • Providing the tools needed for them to make independent decisions on every day issues.
  • As a result of time and effort spent in the program, students leave high school better equipped to face the challenges of life. They begin to view their potential positively and their disability as an asset.


Jose Luis and Ashley - two of our Yo! Disabled and Proud Interns
Jose Luis and Ashlee – two of our Yo! Disabled and Proud Interns



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