Program helps young adults with disabilities learn life skills

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - The Bridges Program in College Station ISD is working to help students learn skills in post-secondary education.

"Our typical day here at Bridges could consist of working on independent living skills such as cooking, cleaning, laundry here at the Bridges apartment. You might see us around town riding transportation or you might see us working on our employment skills at a local business here in town," said Bridges teacher, Nikki Graff.

A goal for many parents is just to see their kids succeed. For Sam White, it's more than that with his son.

"Having a child with special needs, you're worried about their future. I know all parents are worried about their future and how their kids are going to do when they get out of high school and go to college, but ours is usually less certain," said Sam White.

He hopes his son will be able to walk away from the program, when he's ready, and be able to live independently.

"Basically anything that a single young adult would need to do…they’re learning to do," said White.

The students take trips on Mondays to the grocery store, where they focus on sticking to their lists and managing money.

"You need to know how much you get for each and know how much they are so you're going to have to keep it in our budget," said student Anna Norris.

Norris said she understands that these skills are important for becoming independent.

"It can help you throughout your life and you know what to do when you're on your own living in an apartment by yourself," said Norris.

Many of the students say that when they complete the Bridges program they have a goal of getting their own apartment.

"I'm thankful for this program and I'm extremely pleased with the way it's working out and hopefully that they keep pushing it," said White.