ShYFT prepares young adults for daily living

Young adults with learning disabilities now have access to a new program extension of the ACLD Tillotson school that prepares them for success and independence beyond school.

ShYFT (Shaping Youths’ Futures Today) provides young adults with disabilities, ages 18 – 21, with a real-life environment to gain independence in the areas of employment, activities of daily living, leisure, finance, and relationships. SHYFT is part of the continuum of services provided by ACLD, Inc. that nurture “Success for A Lifetime” for children and adults with learning disabilities, autism, or emotional disturbances.

The SHYFT program focuses on gaining independence in the areas of:

  • Personal finance
  • Self-care
  • Social skills
  • Household management
  • Community engagement
  • Overall wellness
  • Career development
  • Employment skills


In October 2021, a house in a residential neighborhood was purchased to host this day-time program. Renovations to the house began in the spring of 2022, and were completed in the fall of 2022. In it's inaugural program year of 2022-2023, the house now provides participants with a life-skills learning environment.