The Bridge supports the continued development of special education students with cognitive disabilites ages 18-21 who remain in the school system. This program provides students with the opportunity to obtain further employability and life skills and enables them to function effectively and independently in the adult community. Students particpate in graduation ceremonies with their class but receive a Certificate of Attendance until their completion of The Bridge program, at which time they will receive their signed diploma.
Each student's community-based curriculum will be developed based on the use of various transition assessments. Related service providers will work with the teacher, paraprofessionals and the Bridge Facilitator to incorporate services into the student's day-to-day programming. Periodic related service evaluations of students will occur to assure growth in functional skills, physical/motor developent and pragmatic communication.
These expectations are designed to simulate a work environment with support from The Bridge staff.
- Students will work designated jobs in the community and at The Bridge.
- Students will receive Bridge bucks to purchase incentive items (i.e. TV time, movie, going for walk, time on cell phone, etc.)
- Students will participate in activities with The Bridge staff and students. (i.e. CNN news, morning meetings, picnics, etc.)
- Students will demonstrate good citizenship in the community and at The Bridge.
- Students will use their personal cell phones during break time and/or free time.
- Students will have personal cell phones locked away/put away during work time in the community and at The Bridge.
- Students will have an opportunity to purchase a lunch at JCCC one time a month.
- Students will participate in nutrition lessons and nutrition will be reviewed before grocery store visits.