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Capitol Region Transition Academy

A program designed to support the transition planning process and services for young adults ages 18-22 who are still registered students with local school districts. The Academy is best suited for young adults with learning needs related to intellectual disabilities, who qualify for very little support from adult services. The intention is to assist families and develop young adults in preparing for adult life.

Farmington Valley Diagnostic Center

FVDC provides an interim educational setting for students who are experiencing significant difficulties in their own school or transitioning from one educational setting to another. Students are provided with a fresh start in a new setting and the opportunity to better understand their own strengths while developing skills that will enable them to be more successful within their schools, families and communities.

John J. Allison Polaris Center

The Polaris Center has evolved into a comprehensive treatment center offering a myriad of quality educational and clinical programs for students from kindergarten to post-high school transition. Specialized programming and services include academic instruction by highly-qualified special education teachers, supportive counseling and case management, behavioral intervention and support, a school-based health center, and vocational/transition experiences.

Made in the Shade

A summer program to meet the academic, social/emotional, recreational and behavioral needs of students entering grades 1 through grade 5. The program is designed to serve students who are experiencing challenges in peer and adult interactions, behavior and self-regulation.

River Street School

RSS provides comprehensive academic and life skills curricula for students aged 3 - 22 who present with a variety of behavioral, communicative, and neurological disorders including autism spectrum disorders, seizure disorders, identified genetic syndromes such as Fragile X, metabolic disorders, and those students with dual diagnoses. The Vocational Services Department provides additional skills development as appropriate and transitional training to students turning 22. Programming is designed to deliver successful learning experiences commensurate with each student's developmental and cognitive level. Our multi-disciplinary clinical staff supports programing through daily collaboration with instructional staff, family consultation, interagency coordination, and professional development training for other professionals.


Soundbridge is a regional program for children with hearing loss who are using spoken language to communicate and to learn. Providing a variety of educational programs to help students gain access to sound, learn to listen, learn social skills and learn self-advocacy skills, including attending regular classes with hearing peers.

STRIVE (Southern Transition Real-World and Independent Vocational Education)

The STRIVE Program is a community-based program for students with disabilities ages 18 to 22 years old. Students will spend a portion of their day developing independent living, social, and employment skills. The students will also participate in a community-based work experiences based on their strength's, interests, and preferences.

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