Kinera Foundation is happy to begin offering programs for transitioning youth (14-21 years) and adults (21 years+) with special health care needs and disabilities on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Our team looks forward to assisting transitioning youth and adults with: transitional supports, creating pathways and opportunities, removing barriers, self-advocating and self-empowerment and more.
Program Summary Prior to entering the program, the transitioning youth/adult client will receive an OT evaluation (occupational therapy), to determine if they may benefit from services. Although this is independent from the program, the expertise of an OT can best prepare individuals for entering the program by bridging the gaps in strength, endurance, and basic self-care skills. After an initial assessment, each client will work through various modules within our facility that model areas of basic living, home, independent living, and employment. Our facility is outfitted with multi-functional rooms, including a simulated kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room, and laundry/utility area to facilitate areas where functional skills will be developed and practiced. Private donations, grant funding through Qlarant Foundation and a partnership with IKEA is helping to fund and support this program.
What makes this program unique? The transition from youth to adulthood is important for every young person--especially true for youth with disabilities. Kinera’s program provides a one-to-one ratio of assistance and support with each client to ensure that the individual receives the specialized attention needed to develop skills in all critical areas. Based on the needs of each client, gathered during the initial intake and evaluation, the program is tailored to provide the experiences and opportunities to learn and practice the skills necessary to be successful in adult life. Our program focuses on the individual and is family-centered, taking input from both the individual client and caregivers to develop a program designed for the individual's unique goals and interests.
Key Areas of Focus • Learning and practicing independent living skills • Developing and strengthening executive functioning skills (ie: organization, time management, and planning) • Creating social connections while enhancing communication and self-advocacy skills • Pursuing employment exploration and discovery to enhance career and technical skills
Questions? Contact Kate McCloskey: firstname.lastname@example.org or Lori Stokes: email@example.com or call 443-249-3126.