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Chicago Community Gathers at the UAS West Side Transition Academy

Community members including Chicago Police Department, Easterseals, and Chicago Public Schools gathered to learn about the first transition academy on Chicago's West Side, The UAS West Side Transition Academy.

CHICAGO, Il. (March 10, 2020) — On March 10th, Urban Autism Solutions invited members of the community to the UAS West Side Transition Academy; a program that helps Chicago high school students with autism and related disabilities prepare for adulthood and future employment. It is the first transition program established on Chicago's West Side that serves students who live in disadvantaged communities.

Attendees observed how the academy's staff (graduate students in Occupational Therapy, professionals in Speech Therapy, and social service workers) led student participants through a series of communication and social-emotional modules in the academy's headquarters in Chicago's Little Italy.

"The academy provides a unique set of services that participants do not have access to in school. Here, students partake in resume building, communication development, social-emotional exercises, and fine-tuning goals for after high school graduation," explains Christina Hovattor, program manager at Urban Autism Solutions, "The work at the academy supports our work in the community where we lead students on a series of job observations and job trainings."

Members of the media, please contact for more information about this program.

ABOUT URBAN AUTISM SOLUTIONS: Urban Autism Solutions (UAS) is composed of vocational, social, and residential programs that help individuals with autism navigate adulthood. We provide opportunities that help our participants develop social and soft skills, prepare for interviews, use public transportation, and achieve their personal goals. With our team of experts, we empower our clients to become self-advocates and live life with confidence.

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