• Youth with disabilities need to be actively involved in planning for their own futures.  Independent Futures that Work helps these youth learn, live, and work towards an independent future.

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    Our Mission

    Independent Futures that Work (IFTW) is a project of the Alabama Parent Education Center in partnership with Parent Training and Information Centers from five other states.  IFTW is designed to help in the successful transition of youth and young adults from high school into the next stage of adult life.  “Transition” is used to describe the period when youth with disabilities (ages 14-26) begin to focus on their future adult life.  They learn about supports and services needed to meet their learning, living, and working goals.  It is important for youth to be actively involved in planning for their own future.  They need to know what supports will help them.  They also need to know how to get those services.  IFTW will provide resources and trainings for youth with disabilities, their families, and professionals.  Useful resources on our website will help youth with disabilities learn, live, and work independently.

    Clicking or tapping on the “Learn Independently” button leads to information on things youth with disabilities need to learn about adult life, such as laws, supports, and how to tell people what you need.  Clicking or tapping on the “Live Independently” button leads to information on how to live your best independent life.  Clicking/Tapping on the “Working Independently” button leads to information on how to get a job in the community.  Clicking or tapping on “Find Help in Your State – Our Partners” will lead you to links for each of the six state partners’ state and local resources.

    About Us

    Independent Futures that Work is project of the Alabama Parent Education Center with collaborating partners from five Parent Training and Information Centers in RSA PTI Region B-2:  Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.

    Email Us: transition@alabamaparentcenter.com (Cindy Augustine)

    Call Us:  334-567-2252