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When young people finish high school, they need to figure out what to do next. Growing up can be a daunting experience for everyone, but for people with disabilities, it can feel like arriving at a cliff. Exited explores this moment through the experiences of eight young people and their families as they search for a place to belong. It's a podcast about growing up and trying to find a place where you belong -- when you've been told your whole life that you're different.
||CleanImagining the future and 'other people caring for him'||People like Jonathan Jackson tend to have an entourage. An entourage can consist of professionals and family members who support someone with disabilities in all kinds of ways. Often, family members do the bulk of caregiving, and as children grow up,||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow disabled is too disabled to work?||When Akin Johnson was nearing the end of high school, he was clear about what he wanted to do next. He wanted to get a job. In recent years, there has been a push to get people with disabilities into the general workforce. But despite these initiatives,||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe uncertain future of segregated workshops||Sheltered workshops, where many people with disabilities go to work, have been around for decades. But they’re controversial for a few reasons: They’re usually segregated, and most workers earn less than minimum wage because they’re paid based on||12/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExtra: What does Exited mean?||People have been asking about the name of this podcast. Reporter Karen Shakerdge talked to lots of people for this series; listen to how some of them describe what "Exited" means. Also, stay tuned afterward for a preview of the third episode.||11/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeaving college with lots of benefits — but no degree||Going to college can be a key experience in a young person's life, leading to friendships, personal growth, a degree — and, of course, future employment. The number of college-based programs for students with intellectual disabilities is growing acros||11/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWant a diploma? Go through this maze first||In the first episode of Exited , explore an early factor in transition – graduation tracks – through the experience of 17-year-old Nate, a student who doesn’t quite fit on any one track. High school plays a huge part in determining what happens ne||11/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFirst episode of Exited comes November 13||Leaving the world of adolescence and entering the adult world — the real world — can be a confusing time for anyone. But for young people with disabilities, it can feel like arriving at a cliff as they leave behind the cocoon of school and sometimes||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Such a relevant topic
I work with young children with special needs and spend a lot of time helping them transition into preschool. I enjoyed the chance to learn more about the transition beyond high school.