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School-to-Work Transition

School-to-Work Transition for students with disabilities focuses on career development, employment preparation, independence and community integration

Program participants

The transition into the adult world, particularly the workforce, presents a challenge for all young people and can be even more overwhelming for young people with disabilities. Add the nature of today’s multi-tasked work environment, the tough competition for jobs, and the fact that people with disabilities continue to be employed at much lower rates than people with no disabilities, and it is clear that employment preparation and engagement for our younger generation is more important than ever. However, with adequate support and planning, the transition can be positive and a springboard to independent living, productivity in work and integration into the community. 

The basis of the School-to-Work Transition program for students with disabilities is for them to gain an understanding of the relevancy of education and how it relates to the world of work. The youths complete the program with a sense of pride, motivation and higher self-esteem. Highly successful, over 80% of the students who complete the program, go on to attend college, enroll in a vocational training program or secure employment. 

The program serves students from Long Island school districts through on-site school programs and The Viscardi Center. It conforms to the school calendar of the referring school districts and students may attend on a half or full time basis. To further foster friendships and provide family support, evening peer socialization groups and family fun nights are held on a monthly basis.

Students receive counseling services that focus specifically on career development, employment preparation, and obtaining independence and integration in the work place and community.  The following are also offered:

Career guidance
Basic skill development
Paid/volunteer work experiences
Job seeking skills
Social skills development
Job coaching services
Placement assistance and follow along
Comprehensive individualized vocational and psycho-educational
  assessments - (fee for service, please call for more details)

Placement will be made based upon the recommendations from an eight-day Pre-Vocational Evaluation, Woodcock-Johnson Revised Psycho-Educational Evaluation and McCarron-Dial Assessment. Following this evaluation, an Individual Career Plan is developed, based upon a student’s needs, interests and aptitudes. 

For more information about our School-to-Work Transition program, contact btussman@viscardicenter.org

Service Contact

Barry Tussman
Director, Transition Services Program
516.465.1529
btussman@viscardicenter.org

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