Transition Interagency Group Envisioning Realization of Self (T.I.G.E.R.S.)
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The Transition Interagency Group Envisioning Realization of Self (“T.I.G.E.R.S.”), located in rural Colorado, began in 2002 to address “transition to adult life” for youth with disabilities. It is an interagency group of 10 organizations who work together to enable youth with special needs to transition into adult life. T.I.G.E.R.S. provides education and consultation on a variety of transition-related topics to families and youth, as well as community providers (e.g. medical providers, school personnel, employers).
T.I.G.E.R.S. has grown to include a diverse group of community partners representing various aspects of life including adult health care, school, work, recreation/leisure, and independent living. The overall goal of T.I.G.E.R.S. is to advocate for persons with disabilities as they transition into adulthood by empowering youth, their families, and communities to their highest potential by promoting education, employment, creative opportunities, health literacy, and independent living skills. The core value of T.I.G.E.R.S is that the work of any one agency is enhanced and enriched through interagency collaboration and partnership.
T.I.G.E.R.S. serves a six-county, remote, rural/frontier area in south central Colorado, about the size of Connecticut, with a population of 40,000 and is bound on three sides by the Rocky Mountains. There are about 4,000 youth, ages 15-19 years, in this six county region.