Career and Transition Planning
IDEA 2004, the law that directs schools about helping students with disabilities plan for adult life, states that Transition Planning must begin and be part of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) no later than age 16.
While graduation from high school is a natural life event for many teenagers, for students with disabilities this requires more planning, negotiation, and decision making. Choices about where you want to live, work, and whether or not you want to continue your education are a bit more challenging if continued support or accommodations are needed.
Preparing for Life/ Transition Planning Guide
Alabama State Department of Education/ Transition Standards
Selecting the Highest and Most Appropriate Pathway to High School Graduation
Alabama Department of Education- Special Education Services- Mastering the Maze / The Special Education Process
Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
Through a continuum of services, ADRS provides assistance throughout a lifetime. With individualized services provided in homes, schools, the workplace, and the community, ADRS assists every person in achieving his or her maximum potential.
Incorporated and founded in 1973 as The Huntsville Rehabilitation Foundation, Inc., the organization was later rebranded with the dba name of Phoenix. Phoenix is a 501c3 nonprofit, owned and governed by a volunteer board of directors, comprised of several local business leaders, professionals and civic leaders, who all donate their time in order to provide oversight and guidance of Phoenix’s mission and vision.
The ARC of Madison County
At the ARC, those with intellectual disabilities are given loving care and guidance as they find their place in the community and the world at large. Opportunities abound for those at every level of interaction, from those needing highly skilled nursing care to those looking to make a difference through gainful employment.
Social Skills Group Activity at SHS
There is a social skills group activity called the ‘Senator’s Friendship Circle’ every Thursday. The group activities consist of 6 sessions once a week for six weeks. The purpose of this group is to provide students with autism an opportunity to gain social skills in articulating common social and emotional concerns through building friendship with their regular peer mentors. Such skills are important in all relationships: friends, college roommates, and coworkers. Students will gain meaningful friendships and learn how to maintain them through role playing and peer mentoring.