Arc Downriver

Project Name: School-to-Community Transition Project

Contact Information:
Kevin P. McGuckin
(734) 283-0710
4212 Thirteenth Street
Wyandotte, MI 48192
KpMcguck@sbcglobal.net
http://downriverarc.org

Project Goals

  • Students will receive training and demonstrate an understanding in all skills related to increased independence in all areas related to home skills such as cooking, laundry, cleaning, shopping, and accessing various modes of transportation;
  • Students will determine his or her own likes and dislikes while gaining independence in a variety of community and home activities;
  • Students will receive training and demonstrate an understanding in social and protective skills appropriate for a variety of situations, accessing various modes of transportation, experiences in adult age activities (i.e. college classes/experiences);
  • Students will experience a variety of job environments, development resumes, increase job seeking skills, and identify any necessary accommodations and or supports;
  • Students will explore other alternative modes of learning, and through artistic accomplishments students will have the opportunity to advance learning skills, improve classroom behavior, and become more self-sufficient; and
  • Through computer training, students will be able to classify the different parts of the computer and what they are used for; to use the desktop to launch and switch between programs; to use a word processing program; to use a spreadsheet program, and to use the internet and internet email.

Project Description

In collaboration with the Josephine Brighton Center the project objective is to assist students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to access to a comprehensive array of services and supports to help them during transition. Students with special needs are prepared for life after school by being provided the necessary skills for the future while they are in school. Students are prepared for this transition through hands on community training in a variety of settings for them to understand and practice real life experiences. This is done in the areas of vocational, community, home living, leisure, and recreation. Training and experience also occur in the area of advocating for oneself as well so that after given choices and experiences the students are able with confidence to indicate their wants and needs.