Transition Programs

  • ABLE

    Achievement through Basic Life Experiences (ABLE) is a full-day transition program (periods 2-6), located at Highland High School. This course is intended for students with more involved special needs who require a higher level of support and supervision during life skills instruction. The ABLE program is designed to assist students in acquiring skills necessary to take a more independent and active role in completing daily living tasks and prepare them for transition from the school system into supported post-secondary adult life. Young adults in the program will participate in intensive life skills instruction in real life settings. On campus lessons are facilitated in an apartment like setting where the students are provided with hands-on activities designed to promote skill development and increased independence. Classroom lessons are also presented to provide focused task analysis instruction covering a variety of adult life skills concepts. In addition, community based instruction is provided through regular community outings. During these outings the young adults gain experience in accessing and utilizing various community sites while practicing concepts learned in class. 

    ABLE also provides the young adults with opportunities to explore agencies that provide post secondary services such as social activities, training and education, day programming, volunteering, vocational placement and supported living options. Self-advocacy, communication, problem solving and social/behavioral skills will be an underlying focus in all program activities. Participation in the ABLE program will provide students with instruction and preparation needed to establish a supported level of independence in their post-secondary lives and become active and contributing members within their homes and the community.

    Areas of focus include:

    • Communication Skills
    • Self –Advocacy
    • Social / Behavioral Skills
    • Meal Planning
    • Food Preparation
    • Grocery Shopping
    • Home Care and Cleaning
    • Community Participation
    • Safety Skills
    • Health Advocacy
    • Fitness and Healthy Living
    • Personal Hygiene and Self Care
    • Leisure/ Recreation Skills
    • Basic Banking and Money Management
    • Post Secondary Option Exploration
    • Volunteering/ Community Service

    DIALS

    Daily Independent Adult Living Skills (DIALS) is a full-day transition program (periods 2-6), located at Highland High School. This course is designed to assist students with special needs in acquiring important life skills necessary for transitioning from the school system into post-secondary adult life. Young adults in the program will participate in intensive life skills instruction in real life settings. On campus lessons are facilitated in an apartment like setting where the students are provided with hands-on activities designed to promote skill development and increased independence. Classroom lessons are also presented to provide focused instruction covering a variety of adult life skills concepts. In addition, community based instruction is provided through regular community outings. During these outings the young adults gain experience in accessing and utilizing local community sites while practicing concepts learned in class. 


    DIALS also provides the young adults with opportunities to explore agencies that provide post secondary services such as social activities, training and education, day programming, volunteering, vocational placement and independent living options. Communication, self-advocacy, responsibility, problem solving and flexibility are underlying areas of focus in all DIALS activities. Participation in the DIALS program will provide students with instruction and preparation needed to establish a functional level of independence in their post-secondary lives and become active and contributing members within  their homes and the community.

    Areas of focus include:

    • Self – Advocacy
    • Meal Planning
    • Food Preparation
    • Home Care and Cleaning
    • Personal Hygiene
    • Community Participation
    • Leisure/ Recreation Skills
    • Fitness and Healthy Living
    • Responsibility
    • Grocery Shopping
    • Laundry
    • Banking and Money Management
    • Health Advocacy
    • Safety Skills
    • Post Secondary Option Exploration
    • Volunteering/ Community Service 

    STRIVE 

    Students Transitioning into Real world Independence/Vocational Exploration (STRIVE) is a full day program (periods 2-6), located at Highland High School, 4301 E. Guadalupe Rd, Gilbert, 85234. This course provides special needs students with an effective cooperative of daily living and vocational experiences/activities. Students engage with such activities through intensive labs incorporating direct instruction, assessment, hands-on participation, and real world/community based instructional opportunities. The dual focus of the program (daily living & vocational) allows students to develop increased independence in areas critical to post-secondary success, preparing for a future of active engagement within their families and communities.

    Career Related Activities:

    • Career Investigation and Skills Inventories
    • Short-Term and Long-Term Goals
    • Finding, Getting and Keeping a Job
    • Job-Specific Skills and Task Analysis
    • Basic Employment Words, Forms and Laws
    • Personal Responsibility and Accountability
    • Applying for a Job, Cover Letters and Resumes
    • Job InterviewsAppropriate Workplace Conduct
    • Time Management and Organizational Skills
    • Dressing, Grooming and Hygiene Etiquette
    • Cooperating with a Team
    • Work Signs and Safety
    • Career-related Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking Skills
    • Disability Awareness

     
    Daily Living Activities

    • Food Preparation
    • Financial Management
    • Housekeeping
    • Healthy Living
    • Community Participation
    • Utilization of Resources
    • Self-determination
    • Personal Safety
    • Personal independence
    • Participation in Leisure Activities
    • Personal Responsibility
    • Self-Advocacy

    JOBS

    Job Opportunities In Business Settings (JOBS) is a full-day program (periods 2-6), located at Highland High School, and designed for students with an IEP who are determine to need work-based experiences. Students are required to participate in supervised community and volunteer work experiences for a minimum of 15 hours per week, which includes job shadowing, cooperative work placements, service learning, and possible competitive employment. The locations and type of experiences will vary based on the student’s individual needs, abilities, and community options. The focus of this program is on work habits, responsibilities, communication, transportation, self-advocacy, problem solving, and team work.

Last Modified on July 10, 2019