Northeast Arc

Project Name: School-to-Community Transition Project

Contact Information:
Kathy Kelly
(978) 624-2342
64 Holten St.
Danvers, MA 01923
KKelly@ne-arc.org
http://www.ne-arc.org

Project Goals

Participants will develop and identify progress on strengthening independent living skills and on goals identified in their individual Person-Centered Life Plans.

Project Description

The Northeast Arc’s Transition Project is open to students between the ages of 14 and 22 with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD), and their families, who want help with Transition Planning.  Emphasis is on self-direction and the development of self-advocacy skills.

Each accepted student will receive up to 10 hours of free Transition Coordination services, beginning with facilitation of a Person-Centered Planning process, to include family members, teachers and/or other important people in the student’s life.  The Transition Coordinator will also assist in identifying appropriate supports and opportunities to implement Life Plan objectives (including exploring potential funding sources, whenever possible). 

A mentor-based model driven by participants is also used.  One-to-one mentors are available, on a fee-for-service basis, to facilitate access to natural supports and community-based transitional activities.  Transition Activities are planned according to the goals and strategies identified by the student.  These might include: assessing job readiness and fields of interest; job exploration; a support group or self-advocacy group; strengthening money and computer skills; enhancing social skills; taking courses at a community college; and practicing daily living skills, etc.

Community collaborations are central to the project’s success. An Advisory Panel comprised of parents, students, Arc staff, and members of the community is now being formed to guide the project.