2023 Adulting is Tough, But You Can Help Youth with Disabilities Prepare for the Transition to Adulthood – Recorded 8.18.23

Co-hosted by Florida’s Children First, Disability Rights Florida & FLS Statewide Training Initiative


Speakers: Robin Rosenberg, Deputy Director, Florida’s Children First & Ann Siegal,  Legal Director and Director of the Client Assistance Program, Disability Rights Florida

Members of Florida Youth SHINE will share their experiences in transition as part of the training.

Link to the PowerPoint:… Transitioning to adulthood is challenging for all teens– but even more so for youth with disabilities. This training will examine the important benefits and rights available to youth using a toolkit created by Disability Rights Florida to assist youth and their adult supporters in transition planning. It covers education, employment, community integration, financial planning, medical insurance, housing, Vocational Rehabilitation, and voting. The training and tool kit addresses the specific needs of youth in state care in collaboration.



CLE #2305484N

2 General credits



2 Juvenile Law


Approval Period: 8.18.2023 – 2.28.2024






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Alexia Nechayev

FYS Events & Meeting Chair
(Palm Beach)

Hello, My name is Alexia Nechayev. I am 25 years old and I am an alumna of Florida International University where I received my B.A. in Psychology. My future career goal is to be a Lawyer. I was in care for about one year from age 17 to 18. Prior to entering care, I only knew about the negative stigma regarding foster care and while in care that narrative was unfortunately my experience.

In school I felt like I was on display because my status in care was broadcast to other students and in my placement behavior was leveraged for “privileges” that should be a natural right of all children. Because I did not know my rights I did not know that what I was experiencing was wrong. Today this is exactly why I advocate, because I don’t want this to be the same for other youth who are experiencing foster care.

This is my second year on the FYS Statewide Board and I’m happy to be the Events and Meetings Chair this year because my main goal through advocacy is to reach as many people as possible. My favorite thing as a board member is to see how comfortable members become while working together. The community needs to know that youth in foster care are real people, going through some of the hardest moments of their life and youth need to know that their voice is powerful. I believe that we have to speak up and bring these issues to people’s attention so that they do not forget us. Advocacy, education and consistency is the only way.

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