The Arc of Racine County

Project Name: School-to-Community Transition Project

Contact Information:
Peggy Foreman
(262) 634-6303
1220 Mound Ave., Suite 319
Racine, WI 53404
pforeman@thearcofracine.org
http://www.thearcofracine.org

Project Goals

  • Parents of students, professionals, and community members will increase their knowledge about best practices and develop higher expectations in relation to transition;
  • Parents of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities will learn skills to help them better advocate for their child during the transition process;
  • Students with intellectual and developmental disabilities between the ages of 14-21 will learn about self-determination and learn self-advocacy skills; and
  • Students with intellectual and developmental disabilities will increase their success in getting competitive employment or continuing their education after high school.

Project Description

We want students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to have the same opportunities as students without disabilities, when they leave school, such as moving on to post-secondary education and/or competitive employment in the community.

The goal of our project is to raise expectations and increase knowledge and skills for students with disabilities, parents, and others. This includes increasing knowledge and skills about transition, self-advocacy, self-determination, and self-directed supports. Public awareness and educational activities of this project include a series of informational sessions for parents of students (14-21 years); direct mailing to area businesses; as well as a series of training programs available to students (14-21 years) around disability law, IEP’s, self-advocacy, and self-determination. In addition, the project will provide one-to-one assistance to participants (between the ages of 17-21 with I/DD) in the use of MAP (Making Action Plans) or other similar plans to determine each student's strengths and interest; review the current IEP to ensure it has identified the strengths of the student as well as reviewing the student’s goals; and to provide training on post-secondary education, self-advocacy, self-determination, career information, best practices, etc.

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