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Transition Services and Programs

Special needs child gardening while outdoors

Students between the ages of 14-21, who are supported by an Individualized Education Program (IEP), are eligible for our transition services. These activities provide post-secondary education and training focused on:

  • Job Readiness Training and Experience such as writing a resumé, filling out job applications, practicing job interviews, researching colleges and technical schools
  • Employment: Following instructions, working with co-workers, social interactions, dressing appropriately, job development
  • Independent Living Skills including activities such as doing laundry, grocery shopping, cooking and kitchen safety, using public transportation, and money management

In addition to providing these transition services, we operate several transition programs for students from 18-21 years old. These include Decisions, Spirit, STEP, Voyages, WOW (We’re Outstanding Workers), and IU Hope classes all designed to further prepare students for independent living, post-secondary education, and employment. Advances are achieved using community-based instruction, various volunteer opportunities, and supervised work experiences as determined by the student’s IEP. Throughout the year, school districts can submit referrals to our Bucks IU programs as well as to get supervised work experiences, job development, and independent placements for students attending their own district programs.

Secondary Transition Option and Resource Fair (STORF)

This annual transition fair connects students, families, and educators with resources to that can assist them in navigating their transition process from school student to adulthood.  The resources available are categorized as listed here:

  • Post-Secondary Education and Training
  • Employment
  • Community Resources
  • Legal, Financial and Life Planning
  • General Resources

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, our 2020 Secondary Transition Options and Resource Fair will be held virtually.  We have compiled all our vendors, programs, and services into a fantastic virtual format that allows you to visit the various program websites, gather information in PDF format, and even view videos of some programs provided by vendors! 

The event opens Wednesday, November 4, 2020 and will remain open for you to visit, revisit, and use as a resource at any time! Click this link to participate: http://bit.ly/STORF20

EmployAbility Expo

Our annual EmployAbility Expo draws over 100 Bucks County high school students with disabilities and provides them an opportunity to practice and develop the confidence, skills, and strategies they will need to obtain and retain employment in today’s economy.  Breakout sessions are provided on several employment topics such as how to write a resume and workplace etiquette.  Students also rotate through participating in up to 3 mock job interviews with volunteers from over 30 community businesses and organizations. 

Due to COVID quarantines and school closures, we had to cancel our 2020 Expo.  Watch for us to come back in 2021 even bigger and better!  Our sincere thanks to the following 2019 businesses and organizations for supporting this important event by providing the outstanding interviewers who took the time to come and work with these amazing students:

AHEDD
Altman Management Group
Bucks County Department of Mental Health/Developmental Programs (MH/DP)
County of Bucks
Dun & Bradstreet
ECRI Institute
ESS Mission One
Excel Home Care
Flatiron School
Indian Creek Foundation
Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center
JBT Corporation – Automated Systems

Juno Search Partners
Lenape Valley Foundation
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Oldcastle Precast
Operant Coffee, LLC
PA CareerLink Bucks County – Bristol
Pennridge School District
Premier Brokerage Services, Inc.
SEPA SHRM
Sesame Place
SPIN
UPS
YMCA of Bucks County – Doylestown

 

We can also offer some assistance with finding students volunteer positions for hands-on training outside of their transition classroom programs, and regular employment.