My name is Ashley Newell and I am a Transition Advocate with Mounting Horizons, a nonprofit that serves senior citizens and individuals with Disabilities in Galveston County. We are one of 27 Centers for Independent Living in the state of Texas, with a focus on promoting independence and inclusion for people with disabilities and seniors within their communities.
Some of our services include:
ADA Accessible Transportation- servicing Galveston County, Webster, Friendswood, Seabrook, Alvin, and the Clear Lake Area.
Advocacy- Assisting people with questions about Social Security would be an example
Employment/Vocational Training- We are an ESP (Employment Service Provider) and receive referrals from Texas Workforce Commission to assist individuals with gaining competitive employment.
I&R (Information and Referrals)- Help locating Prescription assistance, rental/utility assistance, or performing research based on expressed needs.
ILS- Independent Living Skills Classes- can include: cooking, how to budget, computer classes, and other life skills
TAP- Transition to Adulthood Program- for youth 14-22 years of age.
YAAL- Young Adult Advocates Leadership Club- Youth with disabilities 14-22 learn how to self-advocate, gain leadership skills, and to advocate for the increased inclusion of people with disabilities within their community.
Social/Recreational Opportunities- With all classes and events, these are currently via Zoom during the Pandemic. In the past, we’ve gone on trips to venues, baseball games, photography outings, etc.