The Arc of New Mexico

Project Name: School-to-Community Transition Project

Contact Information:
Priscilla Salinas
(505) 882-9208
3655 Carlisle NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110

Project Goals

  • Each student will identify their own goals through the PATH process; and
  • For the intent of this project we will refer goals that can be accomplished in one year as short-term goals and goals that will take more than a year as long-term goals. Anticipated project outcomes are that individuals will accomplish 75%-80% short-term goals and make significant progress towards long-term goals.

Project Description

The purpose of the project is to help students with disabilities between the ages of 18-22 in southern Doña Aña County to successfully transition from school into the adult world. Students were recruited from the Gadsden Independent School District.

Person centered planning has become a powerful way to help people with developmental disabilities and their families achieve their dreams. The PATH (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope) is one of many tools that can help individuals and families into a more positive and possible future. The Arc of New Mexico recognizes this process as an important advocacy strategy and uses it to empower students to envision their future in new ways.

Upon completion of the PATH staff meet with each student on a regular basis, depending on each individual’s needs, to review progress on goals, barriers to goals, and to develop strategies to overcome barriers. In addition, the students come together to discuss progress on goals, share ideas, and discuss other issues that affect them and strategies to address them. Students are also encouraged to participate in other Arc activities including youth leadership meetings, community service, and the annual youth/self-advocacy conference.