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We all transition from high school into the real world.  For some of us, we know what we would like to do; go to college, get a job, move out on our own, start a family and so on.  For others we are not sure what life after high school would be like.  This can be a scary time for a young adult but even more frightening for a person with a disability.   For me the transition from high school into real world was a confusing time in my life because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do.  I knew that I wanted to be involved with something after graduating from high school, but I wasn’t too sure of what my options were.

During my junior year, I was able to get involved with a work experience program.  With this program, I learned how to use a copier, assemble educational packets for the Curriculum Department, and perform other offices related duties.  But I realize that these functions would be difficult to do at a job because of my disability.

During my senior year in high school, I learned about the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL) and their involvement with helping people with all disabilities to live as independently as they can.  After learning of the LVCIL, I knew that I want get involved with them to see what other skills I could gain.

I feel fortunate to have gotten involved with LVCIL as I was getting ready to graduate from high school because they showed me that if I worked for it, I could become as independent as I wanted!  I started to become more and more involved with LVCIL. I became a volunteer for a number of different things through the organization. It was during this time that I learned about myself and my disability!

It can be a scary time for a young person as they get ready to transition from high school into the real world.  To help make it a smooth transition, try to think about what makes you happy and what you enjoy doing, maybe you love school and learning new things, if so you might want to go to college.  Perhaps you may had have a summer job during high school and you gained experience useful in getting some kind of job. 

As you are getting ready to transition from high school, talk your parents, your teachers, and other people, who know you really well and can provide support, knowledge and guidance.  These people will be able to help you with guide you in your decisions and make it possible for you to reach your dreams!