The Arc of Minnesota

Project Name: Transition to Community

Contact Information:
Scott Schifsky
(651) 523-0823 Ext. 102
800 Transfer Rd., Suite 7A
St. Paul, MN 55114

Project Goals

The goal of The Arc of Minnesota’s “Transition to Community” program is to increase the number of transition students who are graduating with the skills and tools they need to become competitively employed in the community, and/or have the skills and tools they need to succeed in post-secondary education/training programs.

Project Description

The Arc of Minnesota is developing a student centered “Transition to Community” program as a key component of The Arc Academy of Advocacy & Support. The program’s intent is to increase student and parent knowledge and effectiveness in the areas of the special education system, transition planning, self-determination, self-advocacy, career awareness, and guardianship. The program includes a comprehensive package of curriculum, tools, and materials that focus on career awareness & exploration; self-determination; transition planning; parental involvement; and interagency collaboration.

As part of the project, the program will be piloted and implemented through local Arc chapters in Minnesota, so that students and parents in communities across Minnesota have opportunities to increase their chances for a successful transition to the community. A series of “Train-the-Trainer” sessions that provide local Arc chapter staff opportunities to fully understand the “Transition to Community” curriculum, tools, and materials so that they can effectively and successfully implement the program at the local level.