Youth Services

Youth Services

High School High Tech

High School High Tech (HSHT) is designed to provide high school students with all types of disabilities between the ages for 14-22 the opportunity to explore jobs or post-secondary education leading to technology-related careers. HSHT provides peer support and links youth from Leon and Wakulla counties to a broad range of academic, career development, and experiential resources that will enable them to meet the demands of the 21st-century workforce. Activities include career workshops, industry and campus tours, summer internships, and community service projects.

Students who participate in HSHT achieve a 99 percent graduation rate annually. This is twice the graduation rate of all other students with disabilities in the state of Florida.

Youth Transition

Youth transition serves individuals living with disabilities ages 18-30 who have graduated from high school or are working on their G.E.D. This program provides peer support and is designed to assist participants with career development and learning independent living skills.

“The High School High Tech and the Youth Transition Program have given me many benefits like turning me into the leader I am today and being able to tackle all of the things having a disability comes with being an adult.”

-Zachary S.
Zach joined Ability1st’s Youth Services when he was in high school, where he took part in High School High Tech. Having been diagnosed with ADHD and Autism, he had a passion for advocacy but struggled to find a medium to discuss and share ideas about disability rights and activism. Through High School High Tech, he was given a place to share ideas about what it’s like to have a disability, how to overcome some independent living barriers, and how to grow as a leader.


Upon graduation, Zach was invited to participate in our young adult transition program, Youth Transition. While at first he didn’t think he needed to learn anything else, he joined Youth Transition and began working on individualized independent living training, education and career planning, and advocacy training. Zach has now been working with Ability1st’s Youth Services for 5 years, 2 in High School High Tech and 3 in Youth Transition. Zach has grown as a leader, an advocate, a student, and a future graphic designer. Zach now serves on Youth Committees for Florida SILC and APRIL, works at Chick-fil-A, and is about to transition from TCC to FSU to pursue a degree in Communications.


Zach’s story with Ability1st is similar to all of our consumers in Youth Services— potential realized. We believe that young adults with disabilities (high school, college, and young professionals alike) have just as real potential for achieving independent life as the rest of their peers. Through mentorship, discussions, activities, field trips, and lessons, Youth Services aims to help all of our consumers, much like Zach, to reach their full potential.


Feel free to reach out to Chris Carlberg, Youth Services Coordinator, at if you would like to get some more information about how we can best assist you or your young adult!

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