Students with disabilities who are preparing to transition into young adulthood can participate in a number of services offered at our agency. Our trained staff work with students and their guardians both during and after high school to help determine the next best step for them to reach their personal goals after graduation. We partner with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) through our School-to-Work Collaborative to accommodate the diverse array of needs while the students are still in high school. Students can also participate in our Connections For Life service, which is designed to enhance their quality of life through increased interaction and participation with social, educational, recreational, and volunteer activities. To further acclimate themselves with adulthood, students and young adults can receive one-on-one services to work on specific skills, such as adapting new behavioral habits in our Behavior Supports Services or receiving one-on-one training to learn daily life skills in their own homes in Participant Assistance & Care.
Nathan started working with The Arc of Evansville during his junior year at Harrison High School, and has been very active and successful ever since he graduated in 2008. He currently works at the Walmart on the east-side of Evansville where he has been employed since November 2008. In addition, he is actively involved in the Best Buddies program at the University of Evansville where he has been the Buddy Director for the last two years. As the Buddy Director, Nathan works on behalf of the buddies as their representative during Executive Board meetings, and contacts buddies on events to get updates from them, helping to voice any ideas or concerns that they have during their experience. Nathan also serves on The Arc of Evansville Board of Directors.