TechieForLife Students Registered and Voted for the First Time
Neurodiverse young adults, like those with Autism, registered and voted in the recent presidential election while attending TechieForLife (TFL), in St. George, Utah. The US has one of the lowest rates of young adult voter turnout in the world, and neurodiverse young people often struggle with additional barriers that keep them from participating. Mentoring at TechieForLife led several students to take pride in exercising this important civic right and life skill.
Many autistic and neurodiverse young adults care deeply about what is happening in the political arena and plan to participate. Unfortunately, things like confusing voter registration rules or changes to voting locations can create obstacles for these young people who lack confidence in themselves and their ability to navigate the voting process. “Voting wasn’t that hard. I’m stressed about the election but I feel good about who I voted for and I hope he wins,” said Alex, TFL student and first-time voter on election day. Mentors at TechieForLife guided students in overcoming voting hurdles and following through on their best intentions.
To learn more about TechieForLife and its specialized mentoring program for neurodiverse young adults, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, please visit techieforlife.com.
TechieForLife (TFL) is a co-ed, residential postsecondary school with a wrap-around career support program in beautiful St. George, Utah. Students with neurodiverse social, emotional, and academic challenges such as autism receive mentoring at TFL so they can build social connections, confidence and independence. Licensed as a vocational school, TFL offers in-house computer tech training, college or trade school help, apprenticeships, internships and job support for individualized paths forward. At TFL, students have a place to belong and support to succeed.