Post-High School Services

Students who have earned the required high school credits but have not yet met graduation criteria are provided post-high school services that emphasize preparation for adult life following graduation. The goal is to provide students with an age appropriate post-high school educational experience that promotes independence and life-long learning through the use of community based vocational, independent, and social integration activities. Development in the following skill areas is the focus of services: Vocational, Daily Living, Community-Based, Social and Leisure/Recreation. Services are individualized to meet the needs of each student. These students may fulfill graduation requirements prior to 22 years of age at which time services would cease.

Aspire, 18+ Transition Programming

The 18+ transition service program, Aspire, provides transition services and supports in classroom and community settings to students with disabilities, ages 18 to 22 who have completed all state and local required coursework and assessments for graduation and are needing continued instruction in expanded independence, self-advocacy skills, pre-vocational and vocational, and social and community integration during their final years of public schooling. Students receiving vocationally-based transition services are involved in integrated community internships or training positions with the goal of obtaining competitive employment. Students focusing on pre-vocational or adult living skills participate in a variety of community experiences with same-age peers such as community organizations, social skills engagement, and recreational/leisure activities. The nature of each activity is based solely on the post-secondary goals and needs of the individual student.

The Project SEARCH Program

Project SEARCH is a one-year internship for students with disabilities, in their last year of public schooling. The program targets the students for which the goal is competitive employment. The program will partner with Embassy Suites Dallas-Frisco Hotel, Convention Center, and Spa, where total immersion in the workplace facilitates the teaching and learning process as well as the acquisition of employability and marketable work skills. Students participate in three internships to explore a variety of career paths. The students work with a team that includes their family supports, a special education teacher and rehabilitation services administration to create an employment goal and support the student during this important transition from school to work. The students selected for this program will attend 8 hours per day, 5 days per week.

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