There are four core components to the program to help students successfully transition:
Independent Living Skills
- Time Management
- Organizational Skills
- Cooking and shopping skills
- Budgeting, banking, and bill paying
- Taking care of personal belongings such as laundry, errands, and dry cleaning
- Learning to recognize a good value
- Transportation skills such as driver’s education or learning public transportation
- Building recreational skills and social networks
College and Career Preparation Skills
- Job and college interview skills such as creating a resume and how to interview
- Either summer or year-long supported internships at real places of employment where student's learn transferable job skills they will use during post-high school employment. In addition, partaking in internships help build the student’s resume.
- Partake in community learning projects to increase exposure to various careers
- For students who are college bound, they partake in our dual enrollment program where they take high school courses at Milestones and college courses at a local college while still receiving support
Social Skills (Learning to):
- Initiate and/or sustain interactions
- Read non-verbal cues
- Learn to read the environment for social information
- Work cooperatively as a team
- Take other’s perspectives
- Learn social judgment
- Explore feelings about having a disability and transitioning to adulthood.
- Feelings around dating and relationships
- Emotional maturation
- Issue of disability disclosure to friends, employers, and/or college professors
The Transitions Program has two distinct components to assist students with their post-graduation goals. Both of these programs take advantage of the above activities, each program provides additional training focusing on the specific goals.
- Transition to College Program: Students have the benefit of our highly trained and supportive staff members who provide students receive traditional academic instruction with support, additional training for college level expectations, training on the social aspects of a college class, and a strong emphasis on succeeding on standardized tests such as the MCAS and SATs. In addition, all students on this track partake in dual enrollment with a local college.
- Transition to Work Program: Students on this track partake in weekly supported internships thought the school year and the academic curriculum is designed to maximize the potential of each student, while directly relating all academic content to its real world applications. This program guides young adults as they become better students and independent contributing members of their communities.