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Young Adult Life Transitions (YALT)

Young Adult Life Transitions (YALT)
Erie Community College
Young Adult Life Transitions (YALT)
4041 Southwestern Blvd
Orchard Park, NY 14217
Program Contact Renee Zimmerman
Program Contact Email
Phone 716 270-6662
Website Program website

People Inc.’s Young Adult Life Transitions (YALT) is a time limited Community Based Pre-Vocational program. YALT offers young adults with developmental disabilities an opportunity to develop the skills needed for competitive employment in a community-based setting, located on college campuses throughout Western New York. Throughout the program, individuals participate in a discovery process to prepare them for integrated employment within the community. Individuals take part in small group activities lead by YALT staff to assist them with enhancing their vocational skills. Individuals also participate in Career Exploration and work to identify particular areas of interest. Throughout the program, individuals also participate in unpaid internships that help them further enhance their vocational skills. In their last year of the program, individuals may have the opportunity to earn a paycheck through paid internships with staff support.

Program information submitted: February 7, 2023

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 15
School district or agency partner: People Inc.
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling Application Deadline
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Any Qualifying Disability under New York State Office of People with Developmental Disabilities
Program length:
  • 4 years
  • Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 95.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 95.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $0.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $0.00
Room and board: $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Audited courses are based upon student choice and college availability.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

When not auditing classes or partaking in offsite internships program participants participate in small group activities taught by program staff.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 1-24%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? No
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Young Adult Life Transitions Program Certificate of Completion
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 30%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 25%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

Participants participate in a variety of on and off campus internships.

Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
Housing is provided to students: No
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 25-49%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events: College/University's Student orientation