The Bridge Program
The Bridge supports the continued development of students with disabilities ages 18-21 who continue to require Special Education services and 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 participate 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 administrator 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 development 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 a walk, time on cell phone, etc.)
- Students will participate in activities with the Bridge staff and students. (i.e. CNN Student 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 once a month.
- Students will participate in nutrition lessons and nutrition will be reviewed before grocery store visits.
Students will have age appropriate Personal Interaction Skills.
- Provide information of upcoming events in the community to help facilitate personal relationships/social interactions.
- Encouragement in the process of planning personal events, parties and social gatherings.
Students will receive instruction and experiences related to their community. The students will explore and participate in their community with support from the Bridge staff. Skills taught include:
- Eating out
Independent Living Skills
Instruction in this domain will occur through a simulated apartment living experience. Skills directly taught will be:
- Food Planning and Preparation
Skill training will occur in current businesses or industries which are likely to employ students with cognitive disabilities. Upon completion of the Bridge program, students will be awarded an Employability Skills Certificate which lists skills the student has mastered. The skills taught will be:
- Community Classroom
- Job Development Skills
- Job Seeking Skills
- Maintaining Employment Skills