What is the CAST program?

 The Community and Schools Together (CAST) program goal is to provide a seamless transition for young adults with disabilities between the ages of 18 and 22 who require employment and community participation support. This program utilizes integrated transition services. In an integrated transition service model, schools, adult service providers, students and their families work together well before the youth exits from the public school system to plan for post-secondary life. 


 The CAST program is open to students with intellectual disabilities enrolled in Loudoun County Public Schools between the ages of 18-22 with current IEPs who have successfully participated in community-based employment experiences and demonstrate appropriate behavior in community settings. To become part of the CAST program, students must be referred by the transition teacher at their local high school, complete an application to the program, and participate in an interview as part of the selection process. 

Those students who are selected for the CAST program participate in graduation with their peers and do not return to the school setting. The CAST staff will assist the students in obtaining jobs in the community that match their interests and goals. The students spend non-work time in integrated community environments learning functional life skills and developing relationships with adult service providers to support a smooth transition from school to post-school life.
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