Adult Transition Program

The Adult Transition Program (ATP) provides individualized educational and community-based transitional services to students ranging from 18 to 22 years old. All program components are tied into the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Massachusetts and National Transition Standards. Students may have fulfilled their MCAS or MCAS-Alternate Assessment requirements and may be completing their district credit requirements for graduation or working towards a high school certificate of attendance/completion.

The program serves students who have been diagnosed with high-functioning autism, mild neurological/intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, and social-emotional disabilities. The Adult Transition Program is designed to provide students with individualized education, vocational, and therapeutic services that range from functional academics to community-based instruction, meaningful internships/work experiences, and appropriate recreational activities. Explicit Instruction in functional academics, activities of daily living, self-advocacy, employability skills, social skills, and pragmatic language skills are all part of the ATP’s commitment to support students as they develop competence that will assist them in adult life. The individualized and coordinated set of evidence-based activities and instruction provided to each student are designed to maximize independence and enable students to become successful, valued, and productive members of society.

Ongoing transition assessments are completed to identify and prioritize students’ interests, preferences, strengths, and needs. Data gathered from formal and informal assessments are used to develop a comprehensive individualized action plan with post-secondary goals for instruction, employment, and community experiences all tailored to each student’s unique skills and interests. Continuous monitoring of student progress is conducted to help students acquire the skills necessary to achieve their desired post-secondary outcomes.

ATP offers 10-month programming with students having access to Extended School Year services as determined by their Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team.

Related services may include Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Vision Services, Orientation and Mobility Services, and Behavioral Consultation. These services are provided based on the recommendations made by the members of each student’s IEP team.