Easterseals Iowa provides services for young adults who are transitioning from childhood to adult life. Whether looking for the next step after graduation; seeking employment; or making friends and having fun in a social setting, Easterseals Iowa offers a variety of robust, supportive, and exciting programs to help young adults reach for and realize their full potential.
Supported Education is a unique program designed to give participants support and guidance as they develop marketable skills through post-secondary education. Participants are provided with ongoing support throughout the semester with registering for classes, accessing campus resources and communicating with faculty.
Transitioning to Employment and Advocating for Myself (TEAM) is a collaboration between Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Des Moines Public Schools and Easter Seals Iowa. The goal of the program is to better prepare Des Moines Public Schools students for life after high school, focusing on skills to prepare them for their careers, including post-secondary education.
Project SEARCH is an internship program that places young adults with special needs in a real working environment, giving them skills to prepare for the workforce. Through total workplace immersion, clients experience a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and relevant job-skills training obtained through strategically designed internships.
The EmployAbility program focuses on increasing prevocational skills, in order to prepare individuals for community-based employment. EmployAbility clients work in business settings, completing a variety of job tasks.
During the summer camp season, Easterseals Iowa provides day camp specifically for teens and young adults for age-appropriate socialization. They even get to go on some field trips! Respite weekends also provide teens and young adults opportunities to learn skills to strengthen independence and confidence in a fun setting, while giving caregivers a break.