Website: Beyond High School: Navigating the Future

Link

http://www.arcdc.net

Description

Through the support of a Youth Transition Navigator, The Arc of DC has implemented a one year training model for 30 youth and families to include benefits training, transition planning, referrals for post-secondary education, and job readiness programs as well as providing other information and support to assist families and students. Through individual advocacy and support, individuals and families are gaining greater awareness to navigate the systems they need to support them to navigate their own lives. The Arc of DC convened a Community Advisory group to guide and direct the mission of the project, design the training curriculum, and solidify partnerships with public and charter schools and government. Project activities include information, counseling and referral for individuals and families, one-on-one support navigation and training, structured training classes on the above mentioned areas, outreach and transition planning to access jobs and careers education through collaboration with DC Public Schools (DCPS) and the DC Department on Disability Services (DDS). The project has also collected significant data on the effectiveness of training classes and information, the supports students receive in their transition plan, the successful outcomes related to DCPS and the DDS on working with students and families.

Source

Submitted by The Arc of the District of Columbia.

Website: Transition in Action

Link

http://www.school2life.org/arcmecknc/

Description

The purpose of the project is to work with a variety of agencies in the community to expand an innovative program that meets the needs of the clients in the area and assists them in successfully transitioning from school to adult life. An interactive website is being developed to include three “doors” or sections to enter. One “door” is geared towards students and youth, another “door” is geared towards parents, guardians, and support staff. The third “door” is geared towards employers in the Business Leadership Network to post job openings. The internet is the wave of the future and by making this an interactive site and encouraging conversation between all parties we hope to advance transition outcomes for youth with disabilities locally. In addition, a transition specialist assists families inquiring about services and supports, provides agency referrals, coordinates educational workshops, and updates the curriculum as needed. The next component is a tool-kit for community coaches. This tool kit includes best-practice approaches for employment with an emphasis on self-determination.

Source

Submitted by The Arc of Mecklenburg County.

Website: Transition Support Program (TSP)

Link

http://thearcsf.org

Description

The Arc of San Francisco engages transition age youth and their caregivers by providing open houses, tours, school site visits, and other outreach efforts to enlighten them about community-based services. Parental involvement and education is mandatory for participant enrollment and follows an extended process by which families incrementally deepen their participation in person-centered transition planning. Parents and guardians are offered a monthly newsletter featuring tasks to develop specific skills and quarterly topical workshops that offer guidance, support, and structured activities for preparing their children, and themselves, for transition from school-based to community-based services. The major component of the TSP is transition-age youth skill building for adulthood. Regular, structured activities for transition-age youth with developmental disabilities occurs within a stepped, curriculum which gradually integrates participants in community-based services, independent living, employment, and adult relationships.

Source

Submitted by The Arc of San Francisco.

Website: Life After High School

Link

http://www.thearcolc.org

Description

The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter provides a one-year program for youth with significant disabilities who are in their last year of high school and are expected to graduate or exit high school following completion of the project year. The student is exposed to a world of new and continued learning opportunities both on a college campus and in the community so they gain the skills and confidence to function as independently as possible, once they leave the supports they are entitled to in high school. Following assessment and training, the individual leaves the program with a written plan that includes action steps that move them through their transition from high school to work and adult living. It was developed to help youth with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who work with them to meet the challenge that transition from the secondary school system brings. Information and resources are made available to the individuals as they execute their plan. They are taught the skills of self-determination and self-advocacy. The students in the project are introduced to the adult service systems and natural supports that can assist them with seeking post-secondary training, employment, and services such as transportation assistance and independent living.

Source

Submitted by NYSARC- The Arc Oneida-Lewis Chapter.

Website: Community Transition Partnership

Link

http://www.rensselaerarc.org

Description

With self-determination as the cornerstone of this project, young adults with disabilities utilize person-centered planning to direct the course of their own life while surrounded by people that know and care about them. A variety of person-centered planning tools are utilized including the Framework for Planning which provides a structured approach to helping people with disabilities think about their life focus, develop a positive profile, and an action plan to achieve their goals.

Source

Submitted by NYSARC – Rensselaer.

Website: Creating Environments for Ongoing Success

Link

http://www.arcphiladelphia.org

Description

The Philadelphia ARC’s transition program focuses on student-focused planning and transition goal development; career exploration and natural environment learning. The belief is that, people with disabilities can be capable employees if skills and interests are matched and appropriate education and supports are provided. Students are referred and must demonstrate a commitment to being employed. Person centered planning is facilitated and transitional goals are developed. Short-term competitive employment situations are used to transition to longer term vocational opportunities. Training of job site staff is provided to assure that the staff is comfortable with issues of disability and employment.

Source

Submitted by The Arc of Philadelphia.

Website: Project Employ

Link

http://www.arcoregon.org

Description

Project Employ training provides participants with person-centered employment planning strategies, identifies their roles as professionals, gives participants the opportunity to better understand the difference in service deliveries among agencies, and a chance to share ideas that will provide greater success for transition students to obtain employment. In addition, two full-day Person-Centered Employment Planning Workshops are conducted each school year, whose primary design is to help students and parents develop an initial draft of a Person-Centered Plan. Students are matched with peer mentors from Emerging Leaders Northwest (ELNW) for on-going technical assistance and support related to employment and education goals. Parents benefit from technical assistance and resources provided by Family and Community Together (FACT). Professionals are supported with technical assistance through direct interaction with Project Employ staff and technical assistance support contractors.

Source

Submitted by The Arc of Oregon.

Website: School-to-Community Successful Transition

Link

http://www.thearcnw.org/programs/school2comm.html

Description

The Arc of Northwest Wayne County (The Arc NW) promotes and increases successful school to community transitional outcomes for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) through advocacy and information. The Arc of NW works to provide the information and advocacy support needed to achieve the development and implementation of successful self-determined transition plans that result in access to continuing education, community-social-civic connections, employment, their own home, and appropriate services from Community Mental Health and Michigan Rehabilitation for a successful self-determined life in the community. The project utilizes group and one-on-one training sessions for students with I/DD and their families about Person Centered Planning, Self-Determination to incorporate parenting and educational goals that promote independence and choice. Additional components include: referrals that support transitional outcomes to the appropriate agencies; monthly meetings and contacts with collaborative partners; training and advocacy support to acquire entitlements and support from Social Security, Medicaid, Community Mental Health, etc.; educational advocates promote appropriate Individual Education Plan transition goals and objectives; and Arc staff independently facilitates Person Centered Plans (PCP) or advocate at the PCP for transitioning students.

Source

Submitted by The Arc of Northwest Wayne County.

Website: Family Circles Program

Link

http://www.thearcofnova.org

Description

Through the project’s seminars families and students with I/DD actively learn to navigate the systems, to ask the right questions within those systems, and to write plans which they can put into place to best prepare their family for life after exiting the school system. Individuals with I/DD learn to identify their strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes so that they may advocate for themselves. They also continue to learn social skills and life skills to further their independence; to confidently speak up using whatever modality they prefer; and to actively participate in changing their lives and changing systems.

Source

Submitted by The Arc of Northern Virginia.

Website: PATH Facilitation

Link

http://arcnm.org/how-we-help/personal-plan-facilitation/

Description

Person centered planning has become a powerful way to help people with developmental disabilities and their families achieve their dreams. The PATH (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope) is one of many tools that can help individuals and families into a more positive and possible future. The Arc of New Mexico recognizes this process as an important advocacy strategy and uses it to empower students to envision their future in new ways. Upon completion of the PATH staff meet with each student on a regular basis, depending on each individual’s needs, to review progress on goals, barriers to goals, and to develop strategies to overcome barriers. In addition, the students come together to discuss progress on goals, share ideas, and discuss other issues that affect them and strategies to address them.

Source

Submitted by The Arc of New Mexico.