Students with AD/HD, autism and learning differences are often considered “too high functioning” for state-funded resources, yet they still require support to become productive adults. Each year, Gateway offers a transition event that specifically targets this group of students, for whom appropriate resources are critical but less available and harder to find.
The Gateway Transition Fair features programs and schools throughout Texas and the United States that cater to individuals for whom college, adult independent living and/or vocational careers are attainable with the proper structure and support. These programs serve high school graduates aged 18 and up with average to above average IQ. The Transition Fair showcases specific programs supporting academic, independent living and vocational growth for individuals with social and learning differences. This program excludes traditional colleges without identified specialty support programs and individual practitioners/therapy providers. Common learning differences addressed by our program exhibitors include dyslexia, AD/HD, and autism. Teenagers, young adults, parents, educators, and professionals are welcome to attend. Our next Transition Fair will be held at Gateway Academy on Friday, January 12, 2018. For more information and to view our event page, click the link below. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Schools and programs interested in exhibiting at this event should email the event coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gateway Academy Transition Symposium is held biennially, on alternate years to the Gateway Transition Fair. Symposium speakers are researchers and professionals with practical, skill-based knowledge and a relevant message. They are experts in subject areas where social and learning differences intersect with young adulthood. Past topics have included: employment skills (seeking, landing a keeping a job), the transition to post-secondary education, appropriate legal supports, resilience and social connectedness post-high school and self-determination. Symposium attendees learn how to support the growth of pivotal skills and competencies that are critical to adult functioning. Speakers provide actionable steps to support a healthy growth trajectory during the transition to adulthood and adult independence. The Gateway Transition Symposium is relevant to those for whom college, adult independent living and/or vocational careers are attainable with the proper structure and support. High school students or young adults with ADHD, autism or learning differences, parents, educators, mental health professionals, physicians, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and college support service specialists benefit from this unique educational program. Our next Transition Symposium will occur in January 2019.