According to Transition Coalition, "Community-based transition programs are developed by public school systems but located in age-appropriate settings for students who are ages 18-21. The purpose of 18-21 programs is to provide intensive transition experiences and training in real-life settings. An important feature of 18-21 programs is that the students do not go to a high school building on a daily basis; instead, they spend their entire day in community-based settings."
Here in Central Texas many districts are providing transition services for 18+ students in community or school-based settings. The videos below will introduce you to best practices in 18+ programs and services.
"Everybody works together - parents, teachers, therapists, job coaches - because one person can't do it alone." - Parent of an 18+ student
Explore 18+ programming and services.
"Think of it as a bridge that leads students to the jobs, connections, and supports they'll need for adulthood."
Examine the reasons community-based services are needed for effective transition and the requirements that drive the development of 18+ programming.
"Providing services in the community allows students and their families to begin coordinating schedules and supports with input from the school district. It also allows students to increase independence in the environments they'll be accessing throughout their lives."
Where to begin and what to do next for districts that are considering developing or expanding 18+ programming. and services.
"18+ programs are poised to redefine what it means to have a disability and to be a full member of a community."
"We concentrated on coming together, looking at student strengths, and building a program around their strengths and interests for life. We made sure we had a program where they could practice transitioning seamlessly into whatever their postsecondary goals are." - Special Education Director