Transition to Adulthood Program (TAP) Northeast Independent Living Program

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Contact Information

Northeast Independent Living Program
Contact: Steve Michelson, Youth Services Program Manager
Email Address:
Phone: 978-687-4288 xX27
Fax: 978-689-4488

20 Ballard Road Lawrence, MA 01843
Area Served: Northeast

Map Location Transition to Adulthood Program (TAP)


Our youth program, Transition to Adulthood (TAP) specifically, provides independent living skills to adolescents with disabilities, ages 14-22 who live in the greater Merrimack Valley and are still in high school. We offer skills training, peer counseling, Information and Referral, advocacy, recreational activities, peer groups, and aid in the development of the school IEPs & ITPs.   

Our TeenFest Summer Youth Program is an annual three-week collaborative summer program for youth with disabilities and youth at risk.  The first week uses a series of technology workshops to inspire youth with disabilities to become the next generation of tech savvy builders; the second consists of a series of field trips to educate the students on resources in the community that are available to them; the final week, the staff and students partner with New York City's Epic Theatre Ensemble to provide a week of empowering theatre activities that teach youth with disabilities how to better express themselves, to collaborate with their peers, and challenge themselves to complete a major, sometimes intimidating and emotional, performance project, from creating and writing characters and scenes, to memorizing their lines and performing before a community-based audience. 

The Northeast Independent Living Program, Inc. (NILP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, consumer controlled, cross-disability Independent Living Center that provides services to people with all disabilities in the greater Merrimack Valley and beyond who wish to live independently in the community.  We  believe people with disabilities are the best determinants of their own needs and service choices.  Over 51 percent of our staff and Board are people with disabilities.  Through role modeling and peer counseling with other individuals with disabilities, they become empowered to make changes in their lives and become more self-sufficient and self-reliant.  Our core services are Information & Referral, Advocacy, Peer Counseling and Skills Training.  Additionally, we offer a Personal Care Assistance Program that is often a vital service that makes the difference between someone living out their life in an institution or independently in the community.   

Service Types

  • After School Programs
  • Disability Awareness
  • Education Law
  • Financial Assistance
  • Independent Living Centers
  • Job Seeking
  • Job Skills
  • Personal Care Attendants
  • Skills Training
  • Socialization Activities

Program Type

  • Advocacy
  • Assistive Technology and Equipment
  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Independent Living
  • Jobs
  • Personal Care
  • Transition

Populations Served

  • All Disabilities

Ages Served

  • 14 - 18
  • 19 - 22

Languages Spoken

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Accessibility Features

  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Public Transportation
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Near Public Transportation
  • Services at Home
  • Services at School
  • Sign Language

Additional Information

  • Fees: Free Service