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New Transitional Living Program Offers Unique Support For Young Adults With Special Needs

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After young adults with special needs graduate high school, they often require extra guidance to prepare them for the transition to college or the workforce. One of the most effective ways for these young people to become more self-sufficient is to learn and practice important life skills in a safe and structured environment such as a supported living program, but few options are available. Advance LA, an innovative program of The Help Group, recently launched Live. Advance. LA., a cutting-edge transitional living program designed to facilitate independent living for young adults ages 18-29.

Live. Advance. LA. is one of only a handful of transitional living programs in the country that serves young adults with learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger's Disorder, executive functioning challenges, ADHD, and emotional or behavioral challenges. Situated high in the Santa Monica Mountains on the beautiful campus of American Jewish University, the non-sectarian program provides personalized experiences and opportunities for young people to develop the skills necessary to be successful in adult life.

"It's so wonderful to see these young adults flourish in this environment," said Amy-Jane Griffiths, PhD, Advance LA Program Director. "With the right amount of support, skill-building, and opportunities to practice, our goal is for them to be able to create satisfying and meaningful lives."

Residents and their families are able to create an individualized program. They may choose to enroll in classes at various local college campuses or pursue career or work opportunities in the community while engaging in fulfilling social relationships and participating in campus life. Live. Advance. LA. addresses a number of areas including life skills, health and wellness, executive functioning skill development, social connections, academic support, and internship and career guidance.

Current residents who are learning key life skills through the program have provided their counselors with positive feedback. "I am getting out a lot more and am getting more comfortable with being out in the community and socializing and interacting with others," said one resident. "I would have liked if a program like this existed a few years ago when I was first beginning my transition process."

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