Starting in the Fall of 2022, CREC is opening a new transition program. CREC’s Capitol Region Transition Academy is a program designed to support the transition planning process and services for young adults ages 18 to 22 who are still registered students with local school districts. The Academy is best suited for young adults with mild to moderate learning needs related to intellectual disabilities, autism, or other cognitive or developmental types of disabilities. The Academy is specifically for young adults who qualify for very little support from adult services. The intention is to assist families and develop young adults in preparing for adult life using natural supports and learning how to access a wide variety of community resources and governmental benefits in addition to or in lieu of adult services.
Kimberly Mearman, Ph.D.
Assistant Director for Student Services
474 School St.
East Hartford, CT 06108
Monday — Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Purpose: To develop young adults with disabilities towards their individualized healthy, financially sound, and meaningful life goals.
Vision: Individuals with disabilities will have access to the same opportunities access to fulfilling, safe, inclusive, and fiscally stable lifestyles as individuals without disabilities.
Mission: To use high-quality transition planning and implement a comprehensive transition service model to support young adults ages 18-22 in realizing their full potential by addressing their needs and goals related to daily living skill development, career or vocational planning, and understanding their opportunities for post-secondary education or adult learning.
The Academy has developed a curriculum framework dedicated to a comprehensive approach to transition planning and services. This framework focuses on four main features.
Developing a Career or Vocation: Young adults will explore various professions and vocations as well develop the skills and have opportunities that support the ability to obtain and maintain employment
Engaging in the Community: Young adults will explore experiences and develop skills that support what it means to participate in and use resources within the local geographic area of one’s residency and school/work as well as being part of familial and social systems
Living in My Home: Young adults explore options and experiences, while developing skills, that support what it means to effectively manage a residence, and take care of oneself
Defining Post-Secondary or Adult Learning Opportunities: Young adults explore, develop skills, and experiences that build towards adult learning, including four year/two-year college degrees, technical certifications, adult education classes, etc., including learning how to use Americans with Disabilities (ADA) offices as appropriate
The Academy is located in East Hartford, near Main Street. This central location allows the Academy to have easy access to a wide variety of employment and community opportunities, as well as public transportation. The facility is designed to serve both as a classroom setting for learning skills related to transition as well as a home-like environment for learning skills related to daily living, including a fully operational kitchen and laundry.
School Hours: 8:30 to 2:30, Monday through Friday
School Year: The Academy runs concurrently with the typical school calendar with the option for an extended school year (ESY) in July as determined by a student’s Planning and Placement Team (PPT).
Staffing: The Academy is staffed with a transition coordinator/special education teacher and paraeducators/job coaches, who are specifically trained in the area of transition services.
Referrals: Referrals to the Academy are made by school districts through the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) process. For information on the intake process, please email Kimberly Mearman, Ph.D., Assistant Director for Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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