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ECI’s Youth Endependent Advocates (YEA!) is a summer program with interactive events for youth with disabilities to learn skills, understand their rights, and socialize with others (schedule below). Participants must be referred by a Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) counselor and pre-registration is required. Acceptance into the summer program is based on a first-come, first-served basis after a referral is received from DARS. For information, contact Sarah Cook,, 757-351-1585.

WHO: Youth with disabilities, ages 16-21 (must still be in school). Participants should be motivated to be involved in activities and interested in learning and sharing.

WHEN: July 8 – August 1, Monday through Thursday, 1:00pm – 5:00pm daily

WHERE: Endependence Center, with a community outing on Tuesdays.

TRANSPORTATION: Participants will arrange their own transportation. Paratransit and bus tickets are provided.

Disability accommodations are provided.

Drawing of a teenage girl using a wheelchair. She has her fist raised in the air and is wearing a superhero cape with the ECI logo and "Y.E.A." written on it.
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