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Post-Secondary Transition Program for Students ages 18-22

Students in Easterseals Academy Post-Secondary Transition Program receive instruction across nine core areas aligned to skills needed in adult life:

  • Life Skills Reading
  • Life Skills Math
  • Employment Preparation
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Accessing Recreation and Leisure
  • Establishing Community Linkages
  • Transportation and Personal Mobility
  • Self-Determination Skills
  • Communication and Social Skills

For each student, a comprehensive set of transition assessments are completed annually in conjunction with his/her Individualized Education Program (IEP).  Curriculum and instruction is based on recommendations from the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) and integrates the evidence based practices recommended by the National Autism Center and National Professional Development Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Instruction in the community increases over each school year and regularly occurs in locations such as grocery stores, restaurants, shops, local government buildings, parks and many more. 

A leveled series of employment training opportunities is available to all students, including:

  • Classroom Job Training
  • School-Based Job Training
  • Job Training in HarrysButtons Micro-Enterprise
  • Community-Based Job Training
  • Paid Jobs in HarrysButtons Micro-Enterprise
  • Paid Community Jobs

Students and families also receive assistance in applying for adult services, and Easterseals Academy's knowledgeable staff provide information on key needs, such as Social Security, Medicaid, obtaining state ID cards, understanding guardianship decisions, enrolling in PUNS and accessing adult supports.  

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