District 219 Bridges Transition Services is committed to providing students with a community-based, functional, real world curriculum. The focus of the program is to enhance students' life and vocational skills. Our goal is to prepare our students with disabilities to “live independently, enjoy self-determination, make choices, contribute to society, pursue meaningful careers, and enjoy full inclusion...in the mainstream of American society,” (Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990).
District 219's Bridges Adult Transition Services serve adult learners aged 18 through the day before their 22nd birthday. Transition Services operate between the hours of 9:00-2:00 pm. These students have met District 219 graduation requirements and are preparing to be contributing members of the community. Services are structured to enhance skills for young adults needing Community-Based Instruction in the domains of independent living, personal management, recreation and leisure, and vocational training. Services foster a cooperative relationship among staff, students, families, colleges/schools, community organizations, local businesses, adult agencies, and service providers in order to help support the adult learner as he/she transitions away from the high school setting.
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San Francisco, California
Skills and Instruction
Depending on students’ needs and desired/projected postsecondary outcomes, the Adult Transition Program addresses the following skill areas:
- Independent Living Skills
- Recreation and Leisure Skills
- Employment Work Skills
- Transition Skills
- Functional Academics
- Community-Based Instruction
- Social/Interpersonal Skills
- Vocational Training
- Personal Safety
- Social Communication Skills
Independent Living Skills
Independent living is defined as skills or tasks that contribute to the successful independent functioning of an individual in adulthood. We often categorize these skills into the major areas related to our daily lives, such as housing, personal care, transportation, and social and recreational opportunities. Each student’s needs in the area of independent living are unique and should be determined through informal and formal age appropriate transitional assessments.
- Cooking Skills
- Kitchen Safety
- Personal Appearance
- Personal Health and Well-being
- Home Management Tasks
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New York City, New York
Community-based work experiences, such as internships, apprenticeships, and other on-the-job training experiences, providing increased opportunities for students to develop problem solving skills addressing a variety of situations within a workplace environment.
- Vocational Skills
- Vocational Awareness
- Self Advocacy Skills
- Interpersonal Skills
Functional Academics focus on independent living skills and vocational skills, emphasizing communication and social skills in a variety of "real-life" community settings.
- Making purchases
- Reading recipes
- Reading maps
- Filling out forms
- Filling out applications
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Taos, New Mexico
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Cañon City, Colorado
Community-based work experiences, such as volunteering and on-the-job training experiences, provide increased opportunities for students to learn a specific job, task, or skill at an integrated employment site, and to transfer the knowledge gained to real-time work experiences.
- Community Access
- Post Secondary Education
- Knowledge of Community Resources
- Recreation and Leisure Skills
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Administrative and Support Staff
Age 18-22 Transition Checklist for Parents:
Please use this at your young adults transition planning meeting and through the duration of their educational experience to help successfully plan for their post-secondary outcomes. Please share with the Case manager and IEP team annually.
Do you need information about housing for someone with a disability? Check out this 100% free housing guide (downloadable).
This guide is meant to assist individuals, their families, and social service organizations in the convening and formation of community partnerships for the purpose of creating affordable, sustainable alternative housing options for individuals with disabilities.
The Autism Resource Directory is an online resource guide to help families find service and support referrals in the following counties: Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage, Cook, Kendall, Will, Grundy and Kankakee.
B.E.S.T Fair and Options Fair
The goal of these annual fairs is to connect students and their families with resources that are essential for their future. Agencies and Resources present at the annual fairs will be focused in the areas of:
- Educational Opportunities
- Employment Services
- Vocational Day Programs
- Government Programs
- Health Services
- Legal Resources
- Local/Community Resources
- Recreational Opportunities
- Referral Sources and Information
- Residential Programs
- Transportation Resources
Government Disability Resources
Community Alternatives Unlimited (CAU) is a private nonprofit that provides independent case management services to individuals with a wide range of disabilities, including developmental disabilities, mental health needs, hearing, visual, physical impairments, and child welfare challenges. CAU provides Pre-Admission Screening (PAS) services and is a "front door" for entry into the developmental disabilities system.
Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
PUNS Selection For Services: Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS)
- Benefits for Children with Disabilities
- Supplemental Security Income
- The Work Site: for Ticket to Work (Ticket) program information
- Registration for Work Incentive Seminar Events (WISE): You can register for one of the monthly, national Work Incentives webinars.
- Red Book: Direct link to the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Red Book, a Guide to Work Incentives, which has everything a student, parent, and teacher needs to know about employment supports for persons with disabilities.
- Social Security Publications: Link to all Social Security publications; this site also has ordering information for requesting materials by email or phone.
- Ticket to Work Facebook Page - Choose Work!
- U.S. Department of Labor Disability Resources: Federal site for more than 50 federal organizations that communicate, promote, and serve the disability community.
State of Illinois Division of Developmental Disabilities: The Illinois Division of Developmental Disabilities provides services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
- Access Living
- National FragileX Foundation
- Our FragileX World
- The Arc: Center for Future Planning
- The Arc of Illinois
Assistive Equipment & Technology for Independent Living
- Choices College Fair
- College of Lake County: Personal Enrichment Courses
- Concordia University Wisconsin
- District 219 College and Career Resource Center: Niles North and Niles West
- Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy (ELSA)
- Harper College
- Have Dreams
- I.C.R.E. Roosevelt: Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education
- Oakton Community College
- Options College Fair
- P.A.C.E. at National Louis University
- Rush-Autism: The Autism Resource Directory
- Think College
- Triton College
- Wilbur Wright College
Employment / Vocational
- APSE: Association for Persons in Supported Employment
- Arts of Life
- Avenues to Independence
- Career One Stop
- Disability Works
- Have Dreams Academy
- Illinois Department of Human Services – Disability and Rehabilitation (DRS)
- Youth Job Center
- Center for Independent Futures, a Housing Guide
New Futures Initiative™ Trained Groups
- Families CCAN
- Integrated Living Opportunities
- Intentional Communities of Washtenaw
- Our House Communities
- STARS Family Services
- Building Bridges to the Future
- Center for Enriched Living
- Evanston Special Recreation
- Keshet Recreation
- M-NASR (Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation)
- NSSRA (Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association)
- Our Place
- Search Beyond Adventures
- Shore Community Services
- Special Olympics
- Best Buddies
- JJ’s List
- Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network
- Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters (SIBS)
State of Illinois
- CTA, buses and “L” train ; CTA Accessibility
- Lyft, ride service
- Metra ; METRA Accessibility
- Pace Paratransit Service ; Hop On the Bus training
- Regional Transportation Agency; RTA Accessibility/Travel Training
- State of Illinois Drivers License and State ID Information
- Taxi Access Program
- Uber, ride service
- Ventra, load transit card
Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation (MNASR)
- RESPITE SUPPORT NEEDED?
We understand you may be in need of care for your child this summer. Since we are not offering our summer programs, there are some seasonal staff who may be looking for summer work. We will be coordinating a list of individuals interested and available to provide respite. If you are interested in independently hiring them, we can provide you with this list (a waiver will be required). Contact Lauren Ruiz at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Please note, it is your responsibility to interview the individual and determine if it is a good fit for your family, and this work arrangement is completely independent of M-NASR.
Our offices remain closed until further notice. If you have specific questions, you may call (224) 217-0618 between 9:30am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday, or email me at email@example.com.Thank you again as we navigate this situation together. Please know our goal is to continue to provide meaningful programming and interaction, and to be able to do so in a live setting as soon as it is safely possible.