TAC: Social

Our goal is to create a community where youth with physical disabilities are empowered and supported.

What is Tac: Social?

Inclusive Friendship.

TAC: Social is a peer group for adolescents with physical disabilities co-led by adult mentors with physical disabilities. We provide an environment where youth will learn to advocate for themselves, while creating lifelong friendships, ultimately developing into young adults with an increased sense of independence, confidence, and happiness.

Our mission is to provide opportunities to adolescents with physical disabilities that foster their social, emotional, and mental health. We provide support, resources, and experiences. We believe inclusivity is about creating community. 

Program info

Where Inclusive Friendship Thrives

What?

Our program offers a variety of activities and outings with both educational and social experiences where members will learn, share, grow and have fun! We provide an environment where youth will make friends, learn to advocate for themselves, and develop into young adults with an increased sense of independence and confidence. 

TAC Social mentors will attend all events and outings with the youth group and the TAC Social team. Mentors will serve as role models who will offer support, provide resources, help them to gain confidence in being independent, and encourage them to develop relationships with their peers. All of our mentors have completed and passed background checks.

To achieve the goals listed below, the majority of the events are drop-off only. 

Goals

Member Goals

  • Social and Emotional Growth
  • Relationship Development
  • Independence and Self-Advocacy
  • Community Immersion

 Community Goals

  • Equity
  • Inclusion
  • Accessibility
  • Collaboration

Who?

  • Ages 10 to 18 who have a disability that is primarily physical.
  • Interested in engaging with peers and participating in a group setting; open to socially and emotionally engaging in a variety of group activities.
  • Comfortable managing activities of daily life, independently communicating any needs they may have, for a 2-3 hour timeframe.
  • While we accept and welcome all abilities from ages 10-18, this program is specifically tailored to those who primarily identify as having a physical disability. Our mentors have lived experience with physical disabilities but may not have the same understanding in the EBD and IDD space. We are happy to refer you to other wonderful peer programs in the area!

 

When?

Events and outings are typically hosted the second Saturday and fourth Friday of each month. Visit our Events Calendar for the most up to date schedule. 

Questions?

If you have any questions about the TAC: Social program please email Becky Diamond. If you are interested in volunteering for this or any of The Ability Center’s programs visit the Get Involved page.

TAC: Social Partners