Overview

In the public school system, students and young adults with learning differences have access to supports that help them succeed as they grow up. But what happens when they age out of those supports into a world that does not always accommodate their needs?

These young adults are capable and ambitious, but they often need a little extra help to succeed at college, develop fulfilling careers and live independently. The Transitions program steps in where the school system leaves off to teach its Apprentices the skills necessary to make their goals realities.

Located in the foothills of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains in New York State, this premier college and career Apprenticeship program is uniquely designed for young adults with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, nonverbal learning disabilities and other learning differences. 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.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 build its exclusive learning experience.

Through careful partnership with Lexington, an agency that has provided award-winning disability services for more than 60 years, Transitions trains its students in life skills that complement the Apprenticeship experience. They get the tools necessary to safely and independently navigate their academic and work environments.

We offer summer and weekend programs as well as full-year Apprenticeships. In addition to training students in subjects such as executive functioning, leadership, self-advocacy, health and wellness, social relationship building and independent living, we also expose them to socially rich recreational opportunities in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Transitions is defined in part by the memorable Adirondack outings, college tours and entertainment opportunities it weaves throughout the student’s experience.

Co-location with the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts provides many opportunities for art enthusiasts, and our savvy and knowledgeable faculty can encourage any student’s passions and talents. Transitions also regularly schedules tours of studios, museums and innovative companies to expose Apprentices to a diverse range of professional environments and career opportunities.

Transitions At-A-Glance


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

HOW:

  • Partnership with local colleges
  • Internships in community businesses
  • Supported living opportunities
  • 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

Recent high school graduates up to age 27

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

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

WHERE:
Mayfield, NY


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