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Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, students with disabilities may receive public education services until their 22nd birthday. In Florida, students who will not graduate with a standard diploma may receive services from the school district until their 22nd birthday or, at the discretion of the school district, through the end of the semester or school year in which they turn 22.

While some students may continue to work toward a standard diploma, program options for 18 to 22 year olds generally focus on achieving Individual Educational Plan (IEP) transition goals. Programs may be offered in a variety of locations, including high schools, career and technology centers, career and technical (vocational) schools, and postsecondary institutions. Program goals include independent living, competitive employment, dropout prevention, and/or postsecondary education or training.

A list of promising practices transition sites for 18 to 22 year old students in Florida follows. Additional 18 to 22 programs offered in collaboration with Florida universities and colleges can be found via the Postsecondary link in the "Categories" list above.  

 
Bay County
 
Chautauqua Learn and Serve
Community Integration Program
   1118 Magnolia Avenue
   Panama City FL 32401
     Cynthia McCauley
     (850) 785-5056 or mccauca@bay.k12.fl.us
This program teaches transitional and functional skills for students whose individual IEPs may include goals as varied as using a can opener, operating a microwave oven, earning an Early Childhood Worker certification, or entering the military. Program options include yoga, art therapy, movement therapy, international service learning, and courses at local community colleges and universities.


Brevard

Project SEARCH – High School Transition Program
Career Exploration in a Health Care Setting
   Holmes Regional Medical Center
   1355 Hickory Street, Suite 104
   Melbourne, Florida  32901
     Maria Trieste
     (321) 434-7578
This one-year program is designed for students with disabilities who have a goal of employment and are in their last year of high school. Students must be at least 18 years-old, demonstrate a desire to work, and be able to follow directions. They must also demonstrate social and communication skills, have independent toileting and feeding skills, and meet dress code requirements. 

Project SEARCH – High School Transition Program
Career Exploration in a Health Care Setting
   Cape Canaveral Hospital
   701 West Cocoa Beach Causeway #520
   Cocoa Beach, Florida 32931
     Maria Trieste
     (321) 434-7578
This one-year program is designed for students with disabilities who have a goal of employment and are in their last year of high school. Students must be at least 18 years-old, demonstrate a desire to work, and be able to follow directions. They must also demonstrate social and communication skills, have independent toileting and feeding skills, and meet dress code requirements. 

Project SEARCH – High School Transition Program
Career exploration and work-based learning in a government setting
   City of Palm Bay
   1050 Malabar Rd. SW
   Palm Bay, FL 32907
     Dr. Tricia Frame, Instructional and Behavioral Services Coordinator
     321-633-1000 ext. 590
This program consisting of three work rotations of 11 weeks each in which students learn job skills, expand their resumes, and expand their options when seeking employment. Rotation opportunities include automotive, administrative, fire, maintenance, CAD and scanning, growth management, information technology, construction, parks & recreation, human resources, library, surveying, signs and traffic, facilities, lawn Care, equipment repair, flagging, and more. Bridges provides job coaches as well as paid internships and employment development for students who complete the program.


Citrus County

The Transition Academy
Employability Program
   Withlacoochee Technical Institute
   1201 West Main Street
   Inverness, FL  34450
   (352) 726-2430
     Dave Benthusen
     benthusend@citrus.k12.fl.us
     Ron Moore
     moorer@citrus.k12.fl.us
     Cheryl Palmer
     palmerc@citrus.k12.fl.us
The Transition Academy is a program for students with disabilities who received a Special Diploma. Located on the campus of the Withlacoochee Technical Institute, it provides instruction in functional academics and employability skills. Students  may also enroll in career education or job preparatory classes or participate in an off-campus work program. In addition to providing direct instruction to students, the ESE (Exceptional Student Education) teacher supports other participating faculty and employers.   


Flagler County

Transitions School-to-Work Partnership
Career Exploration and Employment Development
   Flagler Technical Institute
   One Corporate Drive, Suite 1B
   Palm Coast, FL 32137
     Susan Brady
     bradysu@flaglerschools.com
The Transitions School-to-Work Partnership includes the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) and Adult and Community Education (ACE) departments of the Flagler County School District, Flagler Technical Institute, Flagler County Public Transportation, Florida Vocational Rehabilitation, Flagler County Chamber of Commerce, Florida Hospital, and other community businesses, clubs, and organizations. A transition specialist coordinates student schedules. Job coaches, ESE teachers, vocational teachers, and business partners address IEP transition goals of postsecondary education, career and technical (vocational) training, and paid employment through career exploration and training, transportation and life skills training, self-advocacy, and job shadowing.


Leon County

LITE Our Way to Success
Technology-based Enhancements to Community-Based Work Experiences
   Leon's Intensive Training for Employment Program
   Lively Technical Center
   500 N. Appleyard Drive
   Tallahassee, FL 32305
     Cynthia Byrd, Transition Specialist
     byrdc2@leonschools.net
Using Flip Video cameras, jump drives, and RW-CDs, LITE coordinators and students record individual student successes during paid and/or unpaid Community-Based Work Experiences. Recordings are used for instruction and student portfolios that demonstrate student capabilities for competitive employment.


Martin County

Project SEARCH – High School Transition Program 
Career Exploration in a Health Care Setting
   Martin Memorial Medical Center
   200 SE Hospital Avenue
   Stuart, Florida  34994
     Dave Cavette
     (772) 219-1200 ext. 30494
This one-year program is designed for students with disabilities who have a goal of employment and are in their last year of high school. Students must be at least 18 years-old, demonstrate a desire to work, and be able to follow directions. They must also demonstrate social and communication skills, have independent toileting and feeding skills, and meet dress code requirements.  


Okaloosa County

Okaloosa Applied Technology Center Transition Program
Career and Employability Development
   Okaloosa Applied Technology Center
   1976 Lewis Turner Boulevard
   Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
     - Al Gardner, Principal
     gardnera@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us
     - Kelly Day, Assistant Principal
     dayk@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us or (850) 833-3500
Students with disabilities receiving a special diploma increase their self-determination skills, employment abilities, and opportunities for work and community-based instruction; establish high expectations; and develop Transition Portfolios with the goal of achieving competitive employment. Activities include career exploration, self-advocacy, career and technical training, academics, employability skills, and industry certification. Program partners include the Career & Technology Education (CTE) and Adult Education departments.

Silver Sands School Transition Program
Comprehensive School-to-Work Program
   The Silver Sands School
   349 Holmes Boulevard
   Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
     - Marline VanDyke, Principal
     vandykem@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us)
     - Tara Hicks, Staffing Specialist
     hickst@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us or (850) 833-3364
Students with intellectual disabilities receiving a Special Diploma learn to transition into adulthood and future environments through two courses (Career Preparation and Career Experience), community-based instruction, a number of on- and off-campus work experiences, school-based enterprise, volunteering, transportation training, and other activities. Coursework includes work interest inventories, career exploration, employability skills, social skills development, self-advocacy and self-determination skills, independent living skills, integrated academics, health, safety, and the development of Transition Portfolios. Mentors and job coaches are also provided. Program partners include local businesses, parents, other district schools, Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Social Security Administration, and other agencies.


Orange County

Project SEARCH - High School Transition Program
Career Exploration in a Health Care Setting
   Florida Hospital    
   7727 Lake Underhill Road
   Orlando, Florida  32822
     Paul Odham
     (407) 317-3200 ext. 2775
This one-year program is designed for students with disabilities who have a goal of employment and are in their last year of high school. Students must be at least 18 years-old, demonstrate a desire to work, and be able to follow directions. They must also demonstrate social and communication skills, have independent toileting and feeding skills, and meet dress code requirements. 

Project SEARCH - High School Transition Program
Career Exploration in a Health Care Setting
   Florida Hospital
   200 North Lakemont Avenue
   Winter Park, Florida 32792
     Paul Odham
     (407) 317-3200 ext. 2775
This one-year program is designed for students with disabilities who have a goal of employment and are in their last year of high school. Students must be at least 18 years old, demonstrate a desire to work, and be able to follow directions. They must also demonstrate social and communication skills, have independent toileting and feeding skills, and meet dress code requirements.

Project SEARCH – High School Transition Program
Career Exploration in a Resort Setting
   Rosen Shingle Creek Resort
   9939 Universal Blvd.
   Orlando, Florida  32819
     Paul Odham
     (407) 317-3200 ext. 2775
This one-year program is designed for students with disabilities who have a goal of employment and are in their last year of high school. Students must be at least 18 years-old, demonstrate a desire to work, and be able to follow directions. They must also demonstrate social and communication skills, have independent toileting and feeding skills, and meet dress code requirements. 

Post High School Transition Program
Employability Skills Training
   Winnie Palmer Hospital
   3909 South Summerlin Ave
   Orlando, Florida  32806
     Cannon Cameron, Transition Support Teacher
     (407) 317-3493 or cannon.cameron@ocps.net
Students ages 19-22 who apply and are accepted into this program are transported from a local high school to Winner Palmer Hospital daily. There they learn appropriate work related behaviors and skills by rotating through a variety of jobs with support from the teacher, paraprofessional or hospital mentor. Students also receive travel training using the public transportation system. Program goals are to support students in becoming independent, contributing members of the community and in gaining and maintaining employment.

Post High School Transition Program
Employability Skills Training 
   Orlando World Center Resort by Marriott
   8701 World Center Drive
   Orlando, Florida 32821
     Cannon Cameron, Transition Support Teacher
     (407) 317-3493 or cannon.cameron@ocps.net
Students ages 19-22 who apply and are accepted into this program are transported from a local high school to the Orlando World Center Resort by Marriot daily.  Students learn hospitality industry skills and related work behaviors including grooming, hygiene, communication skills, following dress codes and workplace schedules, completing tasks, and taking initiative. Students also receive travel training using the public transportation system. Participating in this program allows students to diversify their training and increase endurance and stamina while working progressively longer periods of time on site with the teacher, paraprofessional, or Marriott mentor.

Post High School Transition Program
Employability Skills Training
   Goodwill Work Activity Center
   7531 South Orange Blossom Trail
   Orlando, Florida 32809
     Cannon Cameron, Transition Support Teacher
     (407) 317-3493 or cannon.cameron@ocps.net
Students ages 19-22 who apply and are accepted into this program are transported from a local high school to the Goodwill Work Activity Center where they have the opportunity for intense employability training and paid employment through contract work. Training is provided in adult work-related behavior such as following a workplace schedule, completing tasks, and taking initiative. Students also receive travel and social skills training. This site also offers a Family Support Group which meets monthly.


Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County High School/High Tech
Career exploration, work-based learning, youth leadership
   Gulfstream Goodwill Industries
   1715 Tiffany Drive East
   West Palm Beach, FL 33407
      Susan Byoksky, HS/HT Contact
      (561) 848-7200
      Cindy Maunder, HS/HT Project Coordinator
      Director of Gulfstream Goodwill Industries
      (561) 259-1000
High School/High Tech serves high school students with all types of disabilities who are pursuing various diploma options and are interested in technology-related careers. Palm Beach County HS/HT specifically serves youth ages 18-22.


Polk County

High School Transition at Traviss Career Center
High School Transition Program
   3225 Winter Lake Road
   Lakeland, Florida  33803
       Karen Toppin
       (863) 534-0930
This program provides an opportunity for students 18 – 22 years of age to work toward their desired postsecondary goals.  It assists students to transition into adulthood through continued education, work experience, and leisure activities. The program is modeled on the Kohler Taxonomy for Transition Programming.   

High School Transition at Ridge Technical Center
High School Transition Program 
   7700 State Road 44
   Winter Haven, Florida 33881
        Karen Toppin
        (863) 534-0930
This program provides an opportunity for students 18 – 22 years of age to work toward their desired postsecondary goals.  It assists students to transition into adulthood through continued education, work experience, and leisure activities. The program is modeled on the Kohler Taxonomy for Transition Programming.  


Santa Rosa County

Project SEARCH
Community-Based Work Experience
   Santa Rosa County School District 
     Tina Pennewell
     pennewellc@mail.santarosa.k12.fl.us
This one-year business-led transition program is designed for students with disabilities whose goal is employment. Students explore careers and learn employability and job skills while immersed in worksite rotations leading to individualized placements in competitive employment and a certificate of program completion. Accommodations, adaptations, on-the-job coaching and other supports are provided.

SITE (Skills for Independence, Transition, and Employment)
Employability, functional academics, and self-determination
   NAS Whiting Field
   Milton, FL 32570
     Tina Pennewell
     pennewellc@mail.santarosa.k12.fl.us 
SITE is a partnership between the United States Navy and the Santa Rosa County School District providing individualized instruction, employability and daily living skills, functional academics, and self-determination instruction to students ages 18 to 21 who select the special diploma option.

TRAIN (Transition Revolving Around Individual Needs)
Entrepreneurial Program
   Santa Rosa County School District 
     Tina Pennewell
     pennewellc@mail.santarosa.k12.fl.us
TRAIN provides a learning environment at each high school that meets the academic, vocational, and behavioral transition needs of students who are alternately assessed. Programs are aligned with Sunshine State Standards Access Points at the participatory, supported, and independent levels. 


Sarasota County

Academy for Community Transition (ACT)
Vocational Training & Community-Based Instruction
   The School Board of Sarasota County
   7285 Proctor Road
   Sarasota, FL 34241
      Elizabeth Lewis, Instructor
      elizabeth_lewis@sarasota.k12.fl.us
      Kelly Tacy, Instructor
      kelly_tacy@sarasota.k12.fl.us
ACT integrates transition planning, work experiences, career development, functional academics, communication skills, life and independent living skills, socialization, self-determination, and community access in an innovative and individualized program for young adults with intellectual disabilities.


Wakulla County

Wakulla High School 18-22 Program
Employment Development
   3237 Coastal Highway
   Crawfordville, FL 32327
     Dennis Litchfield, Teacher
     (850) 926-7125
This program increases vocational and employment opportunities, demonstrates capabilities for competitive employment, and expands opportunities for work and community-based instruction for students with Special Diplomas, most of whom are Vocational Rehabilitation participants through a Third Party Cooperative Arrangement. In partnership with local businesses, it provides academics, life skills and self-advocacy training, career exploration, employment development, community integration, employability, a School-Based Enterprise, and Community Based Work Experiences. 


 

 

 

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