Many teenagers and their parents look forward to high school graduation with a mix of excitement and anxiety. For teens with a disability, the transition from high school to adulthood often brings extra challenges. Issues such as housing, education, and employment require more planning and decision-making.
The Transitions program at Easter Seals Arc helps students, caregivers and parents answer the question: What now?
Transitions is a day program designed for younger adults (ages 18 to 30) who want to stay active and engaged. Participants have two program choices: On-The-Go or Got Skills.
The On-the-Go class emphasizes being active in the community. Participants attend one class each day, rotating among art, music, health and wellness, home economics, and career building. Each day also includes a community outing related to that day’s class. This provides opportunities to expand life skills and explore the Fort Wayne area.
The Got Skills? class is designed for young adults who would like to continue learning daily living skills such as budgeting, cooking, and socializing. Like the On-the-Go class, participants attend one class each day, rotating among art, music, health and wellness, home economics, and career building. Additional activities include reading classes; the use of technology such as iPads, iPods, Wii, and computers; physical activities such as martial arts and exercise classes; and fun things like karaoke.
Hours: Transitions is available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays (except major holidays). Class time is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. From arrival until 9 a.m. and from 2 p.m. until departure, participants have time to socialize and pursue activities that interest them.
Transportation: The parent/guardian is responsible for providing transportation to and from the program. We can give you information regarding transportation services.
Meals: Participants must bring their own lunch, as well as a morning and/or afternoon snack, if required. Microwaves and refrigerators are available.
Medical Care: All staff are trained on first aid and dispensing medication and are CPR certified. Also, each staff member is trained on each client’s specific information prior to working with him or her. Nurses and a nurse practitioner are accessible in emergency situations. Some Transitions participants are also eligible to use the services of our on-site clinic.
Getting Started: Contact our Agency Intake & Transition Specialist Aimee Green at firstname.lastname@example.org or 260.456.4534, ext. 276.