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.

Website: School-to-Community Transition Project

Link

http://www.arc-nebraska.org

Description

For successful transition to adulthood, The Arc of Nebraska is piloting an endeavor that involves the concerted effort of parents, students, organizations, and community members to ensure that students receiving transition services are able to pursue their desired employment and career goals.

Source

Submitted by The Arc of Nebraska.

Website: IAM Determined Project

Link

http://www.arcofky.org

Description

The IAM DETERMINED Project is to enable individuals with disabilities to “get a life” after high school. The purpose of the project is to enhance the equality of transition services for students, ages 14-21, which have an intellectual or developmental disability with Individual Education Program (IEP) within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Source

Submitted by The Arc of Kentucky.

Website: Empowerment Chapters

Link

http://www.arcswwa.org

Description

“Empowerment Chapters” are designed to improve the transition “flow” and enhance the chances for successful outcomes. Empowerment chapters build a support team directed by the student and his/her family; and provide information that brings power of choice, self-determination, and self-advocacy. Social networks and mentorships are constructed to deepen, broaden, and enhance the elements of transition currently in place; creating an environment that reinforces esteem, inclusion, and respect in the broader school community.

Source

Submitted by The Arc of Southwest Washington.

Website: Out Community Life Program

Link

http://www.arcbatonrouge.org

Description

The Arc Baton Rouge’s Job Placement Program assists students to secure employment; works closely with “Work Study” staff to identify students considered ‘work ready’, and facilitates their first exposure to the working world. The focus of our project is building a bridge between school to the community and work for students with disabilities. A smooth transition from school to adult living enables the person to live as independently as possible. Individualized supports and services specific to the person’s needs allow participants to attain self-confidence in an age-appropriate environment. In addition to the introduction of the curriculum at the beginning of the spring semester of the person’s junior year, inclusive and interactive community-based experiences are provided; such as volunteering, jobsite tours, internships, job shadowing, and placements/coaching.

Resource

Submitted by The Arc of Baton Rouge.

Website: Arc in Hawaii & Kona Transition Services

Link

http://www.thearcinhawaii.org

Description

The Arc in Hawaii and the Arc of Kona Transition Services project focuses on the transition of youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities from high school to employment. Youth between ages of 14 to 23 years, who are eligible for services from the Developmental Disabilities Division of the Hawaii State Department of Health and receiving special education services are eligible to participate. The students and their families are offered the opportunity to participate in the program and receive training in how to access the support systems necessary to achieving each individual’s employment goals.

Source

Submitted by The Arc in Hawaii and The Arc of Kona.

Website: Meaningful Days

Link

http://www.arcms.org/index.php

Description

The project encourages self-determination in families with transition-age children in order to facilitate better life outcomes through empowering them to guide and direct their own transition into adulthood.

Source

Submitted by The Arc of Mississippi.

Website: Gloucester County Adult Center for Transition

Link

http://www.thearcgloucester.org/main_2.html

Description

The Arc Gloucester is collaborating with other service providers in Gloucester County to provide individuals ages 16-24 with intellectual or related developmental disabilities, including autism, with the services and supports needed to allow for a smooth transition from high school to community. The Arc Gloucester is providing the supported employment and lifelong learning class components. Project outcomes focus on: post-secondary education and/or vocational training; obtaining employment while in school and post-graduation; and living independently within the community as well as civic and community involvement.

Source

Submitted by The Arc Gloucester.