The Arc of Northwest Wayne County

Project Name: School-to-Community Successful Transition

Contact Information:
Christine A. Lerchen
(313) 532-7915
26049 Five Mile Road
Redford, MI 48239
Arcnw@aol.com
http://www.thearcnw.org

Project Goals

  • Students with I/DD have information and advocacy support needed to create successful transition plans and outcomes;
  • Young adults with I/DD have the information, support, and access to independent facilitators to create appropriate authentic Person Centered Plans; and
  • Students and young adults with I/DD and their families have access to Arc advocates who provide information and support for successful school to community transitions outcomes.

Project Description

The Arc of Northwest Wayne County (The Arc NW) promotes and increases successful school to community transitional outcomes for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) through advocacy and information. The Arc of NW works to provide the information and advocacy support needed to achieve the development and implementation of successful self-determined transition plans that result in access to continuing education, community-social-civic connections, employment, their own home, and appropriate services from Community Mental Health and Michigan Rehabilitation for a successful self-determined life in the community.

The project utilizes group and one-on-one training sessions for students with I/DD and their families about Person Centered Planning, Self-Determination to incorporate parenting and educational goals that promote independence and choice. Additional components include: referrals that support transitional outcomes to the appropriate agencies; monthly meetings and contacts with collaborative partners; training and advocacy support to acquire entitlements and support from Social Security, Medicaid, Community Mental Health, etc.; educational advocates promote appropriate Individual Education Plan transition goals and objectives; and Arc staff independently facilitates Person Centered Plans (PCP) or advocate at the PCP for transitioning students.

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The Arc of Northwest Wayne County

Project Name: School-to-Community Successful Transition

Contact Information:
Christine A. Lerchen
(313) 532-7915
26049 Five Mile Road
Redford, MI 48239
Arcnw@aol.com
http://www.thearcnw.org

Project Goals

  • Students with I/DD have information and advocacy support needed to create successful transition plans and outcomes;
  • Young adults with I/DD have the information, support, and access to independent facilitators to create appropriate authentic Person Centered Plans; and
  • Students and young adults with I/DD and their families have access to Arc advocates who provide information and support for successful school to community transitions outcomes.

Project Description

The Arc of Northwest Wayne County (The Arc NW) promotes and increases successful school to community transitional outcomes for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) through advocacy and information. The Arc of NW works to provide the information and advocacy support needed to achieve the development and implementation of successful self-determined transition plans that result in access to continuing education, community-social-civic connections, employment, their own home, and appropriate services from Community Mental Health and Michigan Rehabilitation for a successful self-determined life in the community.

The project utilizes group and one-on-one training sessions for students with I/DD and their families about Person Centered Planning, Self-Determination to incorporate parenting and educational goals that promote independence and choice. Additional components include: referrals that support transitional outcomes to the appropriate agencies; monthly meetings and contacts with collaborative partners; training and advocacy support to acquire entitlements and support from Social Security, Medicaid, Community Mental Health, etc.; educational advocates promote appropriate Individual Education Plan transition goals and objectives; and Arc staff independently facilitates Person Centered Plans (PCP) or advocate at the PCP for transitioning students.

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