Children and Youth

Children & Youth Programs

DON staff believes that the youth are the future.  Our goal is to educate youth with and without disabilities about the history of the disability rights movement, and what independent living truly is. DON wants to help youth and children with disabilities to succeed so that they can keep up the fight for equality.

DON staff started a youth leader and advocacy group.  Our Youth Leadership Group is for youth between the ages of 13 and 20 with or without a disability.  The group focuses on students helping other students and building awareness with their peers on the rights of people with disabilities.  The youth learn about the disability rights movement and how to be leaders in their communities.

Knowing your history is crucial to moving forward.  This is why DON is developing programs to take into the schools to teach about the history of the disability rights movement and about disability awareness.  If we can build a younger generation that understands why all should have the right to live independently, we will be building a brighter future.  DON has programs that can be modified to fit any class or specific area that the class is studying in order to fit within the curriculum.

At DON, we believe that teachers and parents are the biggest part of any child’s or youth’s life, this is why we are reaching out to them with programs to help them understand what the children they are working with experience on a daily basis.  It is important for the success of our children and youth with disabilities that the people working with them understand their needs and challenges not just to give them the help they need, but also to challenge them to be all they can be.  DON staff developed a “Dyslexia for a Day” program, which focuses on learning disabilities.

DON staff also offers support to parents as they work through their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).  The IEP process can be daunting, and we want to help the parents and their child learn to work with the IEP team to get the best for the child’s education.