ASD is committed to preparing our students for successful lives in a competitive world. Our transition services program is tailored to meet our students’ individual aspirations and post-secondary plans – whether they choose to pursue a college degree, immediately enter the workforce, or find an alternative placement.
Transition programming begins early in middle school and becomes more formal as students move through high school. (Please see the Student Transition Resource at www.studenttransitionresources.org
for links to student-friendly materials.)
At ASD, transition services are divided into three categories: (1) an academic track for students who are on a typical 4-year track of high school, (2) an alternative track for students who could benefit from life skills training , and (3) a fifth year "bridge" program for students who are enrolled in the post-high school transition program (includes work and optional college experience).
ASD’s high school students are provided the following transition planning services beginning the year they turn age 16, or younger depending on their town/state:
- Assessments: career inventories, academic assessments, interest/learning style inventories, and self-determination scales
- Self-advocacy and self-determination skills development
- Legal rights and responsibilities
- Technical assistance
- Career exploration, planning and readiness
- Postsecondary education readiness
- Postsecondary work readiness
- Healthy and safe life choices
- Portfolio development
- Connection to state agencies