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Full Life Ahead Foundation Releases Updated Workbook and Guide for Teens and Young Adults with Disabilities and Their Families
[September 26, 2017]

Full Life Ahead Foundation Releases Updated Workbook and Guide for Teens and Young Adults with Disabilities and Their Families

The Full Life Ahead Foundation, a non-profit focused on helping teens and young adults with disabilities, has released a newly revised and updated edition of its ground breaking Full Life Ahead Workbook and Guide. The guide is used nationwide by states and universities as an education tool and the Office of Special Education Programs says the book is the only "user-friendly" transition guide available to institutions and families.

"As a social worker and a transition specialist, these workbooks have been an invaluable tool in helping the young people with disabilities we serve to start thinking about life goals and becoming independent," said Kathryn Chodkiewicz, Transition Coordinator, Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services. "Transition to adult life can be daunting, but the workbook gently guides them through the process. I am so excited about getting the updated workbook out to the individuals and families that I serve."

The new guide is desgned to be fun and interactive to use. A few examples of the easy to navigate tabbed chapters include: the IEP and transition planning to adult living; employment, staying safe and healthy, managing money, driving and transportation, college or further training and a new section on adult healthcare. There are also hundreds of current resources for every possible disability, including websites and toll-free numbers that can lead users nationwide to local availability.

The book was created by Judy Barclay and Jan Cobb, both founders of the Full Life Ahead Foundation and Moms of kids with disabilities.

"We were just two moms, along with numerous contributors, who wanted to put together a workbook designed for students and parents to help guide teens into adult life. It contains all the information we wish had been available to us as our own children faced this milestone," said Barclay and Cobb. "We realized how overwhelming it is just to survive every day dealing with a child with a disability much less make any plans for the future."

The books are available for purchase at for $25. Organizations wishing to purchase more than four books, should call for special pricing and shipping 205.439.6534.

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