YEAH Council is a youth driven and directed group of individuals with disabilities and/or special health care needs. We are focused on developing and strengthening the skills and resources needed to achieve the unique independent life that we each desire. YEAH does this by empowering, educating and supporting individuals and professionals in the areas of education, advocacy and health care.
“We are a powerful group of leaders driven by the intention that we not only have the power to change our own lives, but the lives of others as well.”
What we do
YEAH Council provides resources for medical professionals, educators, families and young adults. Presenting on a variety of topics, we participate in discussion panels, conferences and events across the state. We have a strong online presence, which makes our resources such as webinars and online training modules easily accessible and very youth friendly. We also offer consulting services for organizations to assist in making their resources and services more relevant to youth with disabilities and/or chronic conditions. Through this work, we help and support other youth with special healthcare needs and/or disabilities (YSHCN) live productive, healthy lives every day by becoming the young adults they want to be.
“The skills gained here lead youth to independence.”
We are a leadership driven group. The people who come out of this group are leaders, educators and self-advocates in the world of transition, education, advocacy and healthcare. They have acquired the skills needed to chart the course of not only their own lives, but the systems that affect the lives of other young adults with disabilities and chronic health conditions. The work that YEAH Council does across the state has had a direct impact on the quality of life young people with disabilities and/or chronic health conditions experience in New Hampshire.
YEAH Council is not a support group, but it will help individuals build the network of support they need on the path to independence. The council is a place where young adults with disabilities and/or chronic health conditions will develop a strong sense of community, encouragement and strength while acquiring the skills and support needed to lead independent lives as a youth with a disability. However, it is up to each individual to put these tools to work in their own lives.
How we do it
Since 2007 YEAH Council has been working to educate and empower YSHCN to become self advocates and manage their healthcare and education independently as they transition into adulthood. Here’s a look at what the council has been up to:
- Consulting with professionals and families on best practices and sharing personal experiences.
- Collaborating with professionals in healthcare and education on a variety of written resources and speaking at conferences and workshops.
- Participating in national webinars and panel presentations on anti-bullying, advocacy and healthcare transition.
- Hosting an annual conference run by youth for youth. Here, attendees can network, obtain resources, attend workshops and hear speakers on a variety of topics that are relevant to their everyday life.
- Creating resources that support YSHCN.
If you would like to inquire about our availability for speaking engagements and outreach consulting please contact us here.