Overview

Students and young adults with disabilities often need extra preparation in order to live independently and achieve success in higher education and careers. To address that need, the Transitions program teaches Apprentices the skills necessary to make those goals realities. Located in the foothills of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains in New York State, this premier apprenticeship program is uniquely designed for young adults with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, nonverbal learning disabilities and other learning differences. Summer programs are offered in addition to the primary Apprenticeships.

Crafted from evidence-based programs, our curriculum is grounded in internationally recognized approaches that will set students on the path toward college and career success. Our curriculum and learning environments are specially tailored to give all students equal opportunities to learn and thrive.

To provide an exclusive learning experience for students who are interested in pursuing advanced education and careers, Transitions has collaborated with several elite institutions, including the Savannah College of Art and Design, the University of Washington, Virginia Commonwealth University Autism Center for Excellence, the Mayo Clinic, and the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, to name a few.

Through careful collaboration with Lexington, a provider with more than 60 years of award-winning disability services, Transitions provides life skills training that will complement the Apprenticeship experience, ensuring students are given the tools they need to safely and independently navigate their academic or work environments. Even the residential feel is authentic, as sleeping accommodations will take place in shared group apartments.

In addition to student training in domains such as executive functioning, leadership, self-advocacy, social relationship building and independent living, Transitions will offer socially rich recreational opportunities in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Memorable Adirondack experiences, trips and entertainment woven throughout the stay will provide a defining trait unique to this program. Art enthusiasts will study under prominent artists-in-residence and visit famed museums. Technology fans will be inspired by savvy and knowledgeable faculty. Guided on-site visits will be scheduled with studios and museums, and tours of innovative companies will generate excitement beyond the classroom.

Independence is the final goal, delivered with an approach that is certain to pique each student’s interests and ignite their potential.

Transitions At-A-Glance


WHY:
To help young adults transition to independent living, college and career environments

HOW:
Through partnership with local colleges, internships in community businesses and supported living opportunities, Transitions helps young people on the autism spectrum or with learning differences make successful transitions from adolescence to young adulthood. Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities, an experienced staff and an evidence-based curriculum that provides individualized attention and training in skills students will use for the rest of their lives.

WHO:
Young adults with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, nonverbal learning disabilities and other learning differences

High school students entering their junior and senior years (summer and weekend programs only)

Recent high school graduates up to age 27

WHAT:
Mini Camps
One-, Two- and Three-week Summer Immersion Experiences
Year-long Apprenticeships

WHERE:
Mayfield, NY


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