Designing a Dream
Filling a gap: Nonprofit helps young adults with disabilities gain independence in Lincoln
The timing was perfect for Erin Ziegelbein.
She’d graduated from North Star High School and had been taking classes at Southeast Community College when she and her mom attended a public forum about a fledgling nonprofit called Nebraska Transition College.
Founder and executive director Stuart Stofferahn wanted to fill a gap in services for young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.
The goal: to design a program for high-functioning people who might not qualify for state services -- or find themselves on a waiting list -- but who need more help developing social, emotional and work-ready skills to land jobs and become independent.