Progressing Along the Continuum

Walled Lake Consolidated Schools Transition Program

Progressing Along the Continuum

Language: 
  •         Continuing education to meet transition needs
  •        “Whole Person Approach”

Entrance Criteria/Age:

Tier I:

  • Young adults who are 18 years and older
  • Have completed 4 years of high school
  • Have not completed transition requirements
  • Qualify for continuing special services through the intermediate school district
  • Need additional support to develop competitive work, social and life skills
  • Adult learners who show they can be safe and secure in the community without educational staff present
  • Show evidence of the potential for competitive employment including a desire to work
  • Have the potential to live in the community with minimal supports

 

      Tier II:

  • Young adults who are 18 years and older
  • Have completed 4 years of high school
  • Have not completed transition requirements
  • Qualify for continuing special services through the intermediate school district
  • Need additional support to develop work, social and life skills
  • Adult learners who demonstrate they can be safe and secure in the community with educational staff present
  • Have the potential to live in the community with family/agency support
  • Show evidence of the potential for employment/volunteer work in the community

 

      Tier III:

  • Young adults who are 18 years and older
  • Have completed 4 years of high school
  • Have not completed transition requirements
  • Qualify for continuing special services through the intermediate school district
  • Need comprehensive structured instruction to develop work, social and life skills
  • Adult learners who require unlimited support and supervision to be safe and secure in the community
  •  Adult learners who will require 24 hour residential/home supervision
  • Show evidence of the potential for supported employment/volunteer work in the community

 What

            Tier I:

  • The participants will have the opportunity to train at a variety of sites to gain employability skills enabling them to make informed decisions on a career path.
  • The expectation is that adult learners will reach their goals within 2-3 years at which time they will receive a certificate of completion. 
  • The primary goal is to help adult learners become as independent as possible.
  • It will include instruction, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives.  It will also include the acquisition of daily living skills and a functional vocational evaluation.        (Section 602 of IDEA 2004)
  • There will be appropriate measurable post-secondary goals based upon age appropriate transition assessments and adult learners identified needs related to training, education, employment, and, where appropriate, independent living skills.   (Section 614 of IDEA 2004)

 

Tier II:

  • The participants will have the opportunity to train at a variety of sites to gain employability skills enabling them to make informed decisions on a career path.
  • The adult learners may complete the program earlier depending on the individual needs/goals, however will have programming available until age of 26.  Adult learners will then receive their certificate of completion.
  • The primary goal is to help adult learners become as independent as possible.
  • It will include instruction, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives.  It will also include the acquisition of daily living skills and a functional vocational evaluation.        (Section 602 of IDEA 2004)
  • There will be appropriate measurable post-secondary goals based upon age appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment, and, where appropriate, independent living skills.  (Section 614 of IDEA 2004)

 

    Tier III:

  • The participants will have the opportunity when appropriate to train at a variety of sites to gain employability skills.
  • The adult learners may complete the program earlier depending on the individual needs/goals, however will have programming available until age of 26. Adult learners will then receive their certificate of completion.
  • The primary goal is to help adult learners become as independent as possible.
  • It will include instruction, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives.  It will also include the acquisition of daily living skills and a functional vocational evaluation.        (Section 602 of IDEA 2004)
  • There will be appropriate measurable post-secondary goals based upon age appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment, and, where appropriate, independent living skills.        (Section 614 of IDEA 2004)

Location:

  • Community Education Center
  • To Arrange for a visit please call: (248)956-5000
Assessment Possibilities
  • ESTER 3: Moderate/Severe Disabilities-Employment, Recreation/Leisure, Post Secondary Education, Home Living and Community Participation
  • ESTER J: Mild Disability- Employment, Recreation/Leisure, Post Secondary Education, Home Living and Community Participation
  • Brigance: Transition Skills Inventory- Speaking and Listening, Functional Writing, Money and Finance, Food, clothing/Health, Travel and Transportation
  • Brigance: Employability Skills Inventory-Reading Level, Career Awareness, Pre-Employment Math
  • Unique Learning Curriculum and Assessments
  • Reading- Free Vocational Interest Inventory:2-Vocational Interests
  • Ansel- Casey Life Skills Assessment-Independent Living Skills: Career Planning, Communication, Daily Living, Home life, Housing and money management, Self-care, Social relationships, Work life, Work and Study skills
  • Hawthorne Behavioral Rating Scale- Employment, Social and Community expectations, Interpersonal relationships(independent living skills)

Calendar and Hours:

  • All Programs follow the Walled Lake Consolidated Schools calendar
  • Program Hours are 7:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.
  • Early Release on PLC days 7:00a.m. - 1:10 p.m.
Transportation:
  • Special Services bus curb to curb, morning and afternoon for all students
  • Program shuttle bus for work based learning and CBI – all levels

Community Agencies:

  • MORC-Macomb Oakland Regional Center
  • MRS-Michigan Rehabilitation Services
  • CLS-Community Living Services
  • CMH-Community Mental Health
  • Community Housing Network
  • Disability Network
  • Michigan Works
  • Common Ground

Curriculum Areas: 

1.Vocation Readiness:

    • communication  
    • students will explore career pathways and options
    • employability and job retention skills
    • job applications both online and in person
    • create resume and portfolios
    • create cover letters
    • understand employment accommodations
    • on-site job exploration
    • interview skills/mock interviews
    • self-awareness

 

2.Empowerment:

    • self-esteem
    • social skills
    • peer pressure
    • self-advocacy including effective communication & understanding   conflict    
    • self-efficacy including goal setting and follow through
    • decision making including problem solving strategies
    • support network
    • diversity
    • stress
    • independent performance/ team work
    • self-evaluation in both performance and personal relationships
    • rights and responsibilities

 

3.     Community Connections/Involvement:


  •  whole-person approach to productive citizenship
  •  community integration
  •  mobility
  •   drivers training connections
  • individual rights and responsibilities including voting
  • accessing resources and supports (agencies)
  • socially appropriate behavior
  •  life-long fitness

  

4.      Home Living

  • budgeting, banking, taxes and utilities
  •   comparative shopping
  •   phone skills
  • time management
  • meal planning and preparation
  • housing options and exploration
  • self-care
  • family responsibilities
  • stress
  • diversity
  • goals
  • peer pressure
  • problem solving
  • communication
  • decision making
  • family, personal, and sexual relationships

 

5.     Rights and Responsibilities

  • communication
  • community resources
  •   problem solving
  •  relationships
  • responsibilities
  • rights
  • self-awareness
  • self-esteem
  • support network
  • team work

 

Activities/Participation Within the Community:


  •  Physical Fitness-bowling, walking, workout, aerobics, floor hockey, swimming
  • Reading, Music, Computers
  • Exploring residence possibilities
  • Vacation planning
  • Scrap booking/photography
  •  Farmers market
  •  Locating community activities/events
  •  Movies
  •  Restaurants
  • Neighborhood businesses
  • Volunteerism
  • Library