An Evaluation of the “Youth En Route” Program
Physical & Occupational Therapy In Pediatrics
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Youth En Route (YER) is a transition program for youth and young adults with multiple disabilities. It offers a multifaceted approach that includes self-discovery, skill development, and community experience. Underlying the service delivery model is a philosophy of self-determination. This program evaluation measured the self-determination skills, sense of personal control over life choices, and community participation of 34 youth prior to and one year following their involvement with YER. Youth reported statistically and clinically significant improvement from pretest to posttest with respect to both self-determination and sense of personal control. Moreover, youth reported spending significantly more time at posttest than at pretest engaged in volunteer/work activities and community leisure activities. On average, youth reported high satisfaction with YER services. Practical and research implications are discussed.