CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -
A University of Virginia law student is working to improve the lives of young people with disabilities.
Mario Salas is the 13th recipient of the law school's Powell Fellowship.
Charlottesville's Legal Aid Justice Center is sponsoring Salas for the next two years where he will help parents of children with disabilities plan for the future.
"It can be very difficult for parents to advocate for themselves in these meetings,” Salas said. “My role will be to help them identify what they want for their children and then advocate to the school for educational services that will help them meet those goals."
Salas says he hopes to help students make a smooth transition out of high school whether that leads to a job or independent living.