The Adult Transition Program serves 18 to 22-year-old students with developmental disabilities or autism who have received a Certificate of Completion from high school and have significant needs for support as they transition to adulthood. The Adult Transition Program aids in the development of young adults with special needs into positive, productive, and contributing members of society. All students who attend the Adult Transition Program are referred through the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process. Students in the Adult Transition Program will demonstrate a mastery of a continuum of transition skills based on their unique level of ability to transition to adult living successfully. Skills are developed using community-based instruction in addition to classroom instruction.
The Transition Program provides students with access to the California Content Standards through the Unique Learning Systems. This research-based curriculum addresses English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. The curriculum presents material at a level accessible to students with intellectual disabilities focusing on functional life skills. The SANDI assessment system monitors student progress, allowing for IEP goal development based on clear assessment data and allowing IEP teams to adjust programming based on student progress. The use of evidence-based inclusionary and behavioral strategies promotes placement in the least restrictive educational environment, including various general education classrooms and settings.
The Transition Program is staffed with one full-time teacher and an appropriate ratio of instructional assistants. Related Services are provided based on student needs, including, although not limited to, a Speech/Language Pathologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Occupational Therapist, and School Psychologist. Students also participate in the Workability Program, which provides vocational education, increased access to community-based settings, and employment opportunities.
Program components include:
- Vocational training
- Community integration
- Travel and mobility training
- Communication skills
- Recreational activities
- Self-care and daily living skills
- Functional academic skill development
- Social skill development
- Self-advocacy, self-determination skill development
- Technology skills
- Support for attending a community college or higher education program
Students participate in the program’s components that assist them in moving toward their desired post-school outcomes, taking into account students’ preferences, needs, and skills. The Adult Transition Program also prepares students for involvement in adult community programs and employment if possible.
Most of the Adult Transition Program students are clients of Valley Mountain Regional Center. As students are getting ready to exit the program, the Valley Mountain Regional Center links the transition supports needed for the future. The Adult Transition Program staff teaches students to initiate and maintain a close connection to this agency.