Transition

Transition

Gateway Academy facilitates the transition to adulthood through a comprehensive, skill-based program.  Transition planning and programming begin upon entry to Gateway and become part of each student’s educational pathway. Gateway leverages individual interests and strengths in a supportive environment, motivating students toward a future of personal significance in college, career, and community. Beginning with the end in mind, our multifaceted program supports students and families as they develop an individualized plan and a trajectory toward adult independence. Our Transition Program includes:

 

Curriculum
  • Community Service (6th – 9th grade)
    • work readiness 
  • Social and Professional Communication classes (6th – 12th grade)
  • Public Speaking (6th – 12th grade)
    • cross-curriculum
  • Culinary class (11th grade)
    • collaborative/teamwork skills, work endurance, and productivity
  • Mock Interviews and Resume development (11th & 12th grade)
  • Senior Internship (12th grade)
    • work experience in a variety of settings with our community partners
  • AIM class (12th grade)
    • self-determination, accountability, goal/action map for transition
  • Business Visits (12th grade)

 

Parents/Families
  • Parent cohort meetings (6th – 12th grade)
    • social and life skills progress
    • resource sharing and support
  • Parent Education Program
    • transition topics

 

Individualized Student Services
  • Individual transition conferences (9th – 12th grade)
  • Job Search support (11th & 12th grade)
  • Coaching (11th & 12th grade)
  • Employment (11th & 12th grade)
    • integrated employer feedback and evaluation
  • Job Shadowing (12th grade)
    • awareness of post-graduation career options

 

Programming
  • Summer Internship (10th & 11th grade)
  • Magic Curtain (10th – 12th grade) 
    • annual, all day transition planning workshop for parents and students
  • College Visits – (11th & 12th grade) 
    • vocational, 2 and 4-year colleges
  • Annual Transition Fair

Transition Fair 2020

Students with ADHD, 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, ADHD, and autism. Teenagers, young adults, parents, educators, and professionals are welcome to attend. Our next Transition Fair will be held at Gateway Academy in January 2020. 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 jplesnicher@gatewayacademyhouston.org.

For a full list of last years vendors click here.

Colleges 

Alvin Community College STRIVE Program
Alvin, Texas
http://www.alvincollege.edu/CEWD/Vocational-Training

The STRIVE Program consists of a 2-year college program for adults with intellectual disabilities.  The program provides vocational training with the end goal of the student obtaining a job. Some required courses for the program are: Career Exploration/Planning, Communication Skills for the Workplace, Interpersonal Skills, Occupational Math, and Safety and Accident Prevention. Upon completion of the program, each student will receive a certificate of completion. This is not an accredited college degree program.

 

College of Healthcare Professions
Houston, Texas
https://www.chcp.edu

As a leader in healthcare education and training, CHCP will help you develop the skills you need to meet the demands of today’s healthcare industry and be on your way to a promising career that’s right for you. Founded by physicians, we’re 100-percent focused on healthcare education and training and our accredited programs have been developing healthcare professionals for 30 years. CHCP faculty have real-world, on-the-job experience, and are committed to helping each and every one of our students succeed. Just as importantly, our wide range of on-campus, online and hybrid program offerings give our students flexible options to learn on their schedule. Join the CHCP family and let us guide you on your path to a successful career helping others. CHCP offers a full range of clinical and administrative Health Care programs to meet your specific education and career goals. Our programs are delivered via campus, online, or blended instruction.

 

Houston Community College System – VAST Academy
Houston, Texas
http://www.hccs.edu/continuing-education/departments/hcc-vast-academy/

VAST Academy provides post-secondary transition programs and comprehensive support services, which lead to meaningful credentials, employment and independence for differently-abled individuals. Opportunities include vocational certificates, pre-college and freshman success bridge courses, career readiness credentials, internships and employment assistance offered through an inclusive, relevant and affordable avenue.

 

Lonestar College – Cy Fair
Cypress, Texas
http://www.lonestar.edu/cyfair.htm

Lone Star College-CyFair is known for supporting student success and for being responsive to the needs of our local community. We offer four convenient locations: Barker Cypress main campus, Fairbanks Center, Cypress Center, and Westway Park Technology Center (scheduled to open in Fall 2018).  We invest in and maintain state-of-the-art facilities because of the critical role we know they serve in positively impacting the overall student experience. In addition, our award-winning faculty and staff are truly dedicated to ensuring an engaging learning experience for each of our students. Whether your goal is to enhance your job skills, earn a 2-year degree, or complete courses to transfer to a 4-year university, our flexible scheduling (including day, night, weekend, and online classes) makes achieving your college goals attainable.

 

Texas A&M – Spectrum Living Community
College Station, Texas
https://reslife.tamu.edu/living/llps/available/spectrum/

The Spectrum Living Community at Texas A&M welcomes all students with a connection to the Autism community. Students participating in Spectrum may be individuals with Autism or simply have an interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Spectrum LLC allows students to surround themselves with others who are connected to or interested in the Autism community. Students will participate in both academic and social programming and interact with staff members who can direct them to academic supports and university resources as needed. Departments such as Career Services, Disability Services, Academic Success Center, and other various departments will give specific opportunities for students to learn about campus resources and activities. LLC participants will have the opportunity to form study groups for shared courses throughout the academic year. Students within the community will coordinate additional social events including but not limited to bowling night, community dinners, campus traditions, intramural sports, volunteer opportunities, and more.

 

University of Denver – Learning Effectiveness Program
Denver, Colorado
https://www.du.edu/studentlife/learningeffectiveness/index.html

The Learning Effectiveness Program (LEP) at the University of Denver provides individualized support for neurodiverse learners with Learning Disabilities, and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), students on the Autism Spectrum, and students who have a history of learning differences.  LEP Academic Services include: weekly one-on-one academic counseling; subject-specific tutoring; executive functioning support services including organization and time management skill building; social skill building resources; peer mentoring; Journey to Empowerment through Transition (JETT); transitional resources and experiences; Eye to Eye and Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society – academic honor society for students with disabilities.

 

University of Houston – Center for Students with DisABILITIES
Houston, Texas
http://www.uh.edu/csd/
The Center for Students with DisABILITIES equalizes our students’ learning, discovery, and engagement by fostering self-advocacy, inclusion, and success.

 

University of Houston Clear Lake – Connecting to College Program
Houston, Texas
https://www.uhcl.edu/autism-center/connecting-to-college/

The Connecting to College (CtC) program provides additional support for UHCL students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related needs to facilitate students’ retention and success at the university. The program is part of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities and partners with the Student Success Center, Disability Services, Counseling Services, and Career Services to provide a team-based approach to supporting CtC students.  

Connecting to College (CtC) provides three different levels of support to students based on student need and program resources. These services are provided at no cost to students or families.  CtC also provides trainings and consultations for the wider UHCL community.

Level I: First level support is open to all students and aims to connect students with student support services available on campus. CtC serves as a central hub by facilitating communication between all support services the student accesses in order to provide an interconnected support system. In Level 1, students meet with their CtC transition specialist a minimum of twice per semester to ensure that they are accessing resources that will assist them in meeting their goals. Students also participate in CtC group meetings every two weeks to discuss their daily experiences as UHCL students and build community.  

Level II:  A student may be eligible to participate in Level 2 if additional support related to the social and behavioral expectations of college would contribute to their success. In addition to participating in Level 1, a student participating in Level 2 meets with a CtC transition specialist to identify specific skills that would help the student reach their goals while at UHCL. Once the student and transition specialist identify skills to improve, the student meets with the transition specialist once or twice per week throughout the semester to practice improving those skills.

 Level III: In certain situations, a CtC or non-CtC student may need immediate assistance with a specific issue. This may include situations such as inappropriate conduct in the classroom or behavior resulting in disciplinary action. It may also include personal or academic crisis. Students participating in Level 3 meet with a CtC transition specialist to evaluate the current situation. The transition specialist then works with the student and other individuals involved to resolve the current situation and prevent similar situations in the future.  

 

University of the Ozarks – Jones Learning Center
Clarksville, Arkansas
https://ozarks.edu/new-student/jones-learning-center/
The JLC is designed to serve students with documented learning disabilities, Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with average or above average intellectual abilities. Students who will benefit from the services of the JLC, and be successful at Ozarks, are able to think critically but need additional support to demonstrate their knowledge in a traditional academic environment. Ozarks’ Jones Learning Center was established in 1971 and has a comprehensive fee-based program that helps students with learning disabilities, AD/HD, and ASD.

Transition Programs & College Support

Advance
Houston, Texas
http://advancehouston.org
The ADVANCE Program is a non-profit transition training organization focused on supporting young adults with social and learning differences.  ADVANCE includes training and oversight in the key areas of adult transition skills, career training, healthy lifestyle, as well as secondary education, tutoring, and support. All students enjoy access to our unique QUEST social adventure and integration program. QUEST activities include exploring the city through festivals, museums, local attractions, and sporting events.
ADVANCE offers psychological counseling, speech, employment coaching, and weekly goal-oriented advising. All sessions are led by passionate, experienced, licensed professionals. We empower young adults to self-advocate and determine their life’s course in ways that support life-long growth and contribution to their community.
Successful candidates are young adults motivated to achieve personal independence while enjoying strong personal and workplace relationships.

  • The criteria for success include:
  • High school graduates
  • Between the age of 18-26
  • Full-scale IQ of 80 or above
  • Diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, AD/HD, and/or other social and learning disabilities
  • Individuals motivated to transition to a life of personal independence and social engagement

 

Chapel Haven
New Haven CT & Tucson, Az
https://www.chapelhaven.org/
Chapel Haven offers three core programs post-graduation.  REACH (Residential Education at Chapel Haven) is a  residential transition program with continuing lifelong supports for adults with developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders, Down Syndrome and intellectual disabilities. Focus is on functional academics, life skills practice in a supported apartment setting, vibrant social recreation activities, and vocational readiness. ASAT (Asperger Syndrome Adult Transition Program – New Haven) is a residential transition program for adults with Asperger Syndrome & related social disabilities; targets social communicative competency, life skills in a supported apartment setting, self-determination & supports for college and vocations. The focus is to assist adults in developing independent social competencies across all settings. CH West (Chapel Haven West) is a residential transition program serving adults with autism spectrum disorders and related social disabilities. Focus is on social-communicative competency, taught at the University of Arizona in a credit-bearing curriculum, life skills in a supported apartment setting, self-determination and supports for college and vocations.

 

College Internship Program
Melbourne, Florida
https://cipworldwide.org/cip-brevard/brevard-overview/
CIP’s full-year post-secondary programs offer unique academic, social, career and life skills support for young adults with Asperger’s and other Learning Differences. Students may attend a local college, university or vocational program with CIP’s comprehensive support and direction. Career skills are developed through extensive training, counseling, community service, internships, and job placement.  Preparation for independent living involves residential coaching, instruction, socialization, and recreational opportunities. CIP offers a wide range of individually tailored services and supports designed for young adults on the autism spectrum or with learning differences.

 

College Living Experience (CLE)
Austin, Texas and other states (Washington, D.C., Florida, California, Colorado)
http://www.experiencecle.com
College Living Experience (CLE) has been providing post-secondary supports to students with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, and other varying exceptionalities. The staff works closely with students on campus, in the community and their apartments to provide individualized instruction in the areas of academics, independent living, social skills, and career development. These wrap-around supports help each student experience independence as they transition to college, pursue a career and build a life away from home. CLE supports are tailored to each young adult it serves through personalized services, providing a comprehensive support system that allows students to move through barriers to pursue their own goals.

CLE’s pre-college program allows students to discover and build upon a variety of skills that will aid in their transition to life after high school. Students will have a chance to gain insight into some of their favorite subjects through hands-on learning, skill development, relationship building and career/college exposure in a supportive environment.

 

Daymark Living
Waxahachie, TX
Daymark Living was created with one purpose: to help adults with learning differences and intellectual delays reach their fullest potential. Daymark is an inclusive community edicated to meeting a wide spectrum of needs. Daymark living started with a vision: to provide both an environment and a peer group to promote greater independence and a better quality of life for adults with intellectual and developmental delays. Daymark supports its vision with a set of specific goals:

  • To create a caring place to belong
  • To inspire self-confidence
  • To encourage personal development
  • To provide job-specific training
  • To build meaningful relationships with peers, staff and the community at large

The Daymark campus is located in Waxahachie, TX, 30 minutes
from the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex.

 

Marbridge
Manchaca, Texas (near Austin)
http://www.marbridge.org
Marbridge’s 170-acre campus consists of three interconnected communities providing varying levels of care. Each Village resident enjoys a full schedule of individualized training to support his/her Individualized Program Plan (IPP). Training opportunities may include select life skills classes such as Healthy Eating Choices, or academic skills improvement classes such as Money Math. Life enrichment classes may include swimming, art, choir, drama or equestrian therapy. Through Job Skills training, many Marbridge residents develop skills that allow them to qualify for community-based or campus-based employment. Training is offered on a semester basis, providing a college-like experience for adults who may be leaving home for the first time.
The cottage residences at The Village provide an ideal way to allow a loved one with special needs to learn to fly on their own. Village residents live within a safe, supervised environment, yet the training they receive helps them learn to take responsibility for their own lives and attain greater independence than many parents ever believed possible.

 

Middlebridge School
Narragansett, Rhode Island
middlebridgeschool.org/
The Bridge program staff supports students challenged by the demands of college and vocational classes by helping them manage their time, improve organizational skills, and develop good study habits. We help students to understand their learning styles and the support they may need to be successful at the college level. The Bridge program staff encourages student self-advocacy teaching students to request help and accommodations from professors and school resource centers. All students receive individual tutoring and receive support in small groups, focusing on common academic areas they need to strengthen. The Bridge program is offered in conjunction with the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) in Newport, University of Rhode Island, and New England Technical Institute in Warwick. Bridge students may enroll at one of these schools and study what they choose from a multitude of classes offered. In addition, the Bridge reinforces and strengthens independent living skills. Students work with residential staff to master skills as diverse as personal organization, financial management, wellness and nutrition, self-advocacy, and social relationships. All Bridge students take Middlebridge’s innovative Social Pragmatics class, which is designed to enhance students’ understanding of complex social interactions and improve their social relationship skills. Students live in supervised family-style houses off campus. Students are encouraged to become active community members through internships, job shadows, and service learning activities. Community service is an important part of the Bridge school community.  Service learning activities provide an opportunity for Bridge students to work as a group, helping foster friendships among students and enabling students to develop ties to their off-campus community.

 

Monarch School & Institute
Houston, Texas
https://www.monarchschool.org/school/transition-services
Transition Services has four programs that serve young adult learners (ages 18 and older). Programs provide residential, academic, social and employability opportunities for Monarch graduates and other young adults.
The Transition Services Day Program provides opportunities for therapeutic, educational, and vocational related activities from 8:30-3:30 Monday-Friday. Each learner receives individual coaching and an individualized schedule based on need, interests, and strengths. Learners are supported in their journey toward employability with job coaching, hands-on community service opportunities and the practice of project management skills. Learners also participate in therapeutic groups that target goals of Relationship Development and Self-Regulation/Self-Awareness and in enrichment opportunities including the Life Academy’s three enterprises (culinary, production, and business administration), art, woodworking, music therapy and newsletter that enable the learner to discover and harness marketable talents. Additionally, the program provides Academic Support for individuals who are interested in post-secondary education.

Transition Services has a Residential Program for young adults making the transition from living at home towards greater independence. Three learners reside in houses with one faculty member.  Learners have their own personal rooms. An apartment program is available for those who are ready for more independent self-management, and this program provides a faculty member on-site. Residents enjoy an individualized program to support growth and competence in living apart from their parents.

The Employability Program progresses in stages to ensure success; on-campus internships, off-campus externships, competitive wage-earning employment. Adult learners attend Employability classes and access hands-on career training.  As students acquire skills, they move to off-campus externships or paid employment. Monarch’s overarching goal for adult learners who are on the Employment Track is to acquire a paid position with a company that matches the learner’s temperament.

 

New Danville
Willis, Texas
http://www.newdanville.org
The New Danville community provides adults with disabilities and the elderly the opportunity to live enriched and purposeful lives. Our self-sustaining, master-planned, integrated community provides our clients with a place to live, learn, work, and grow. Wrangler Day Habilitation services are offered Monday – Friday from 8 am to 2 pm. This program includes animal care/therapy,  American Sign Language, music, and dance, culinary arts, nature discovery, gardening, golf cart driving, handbell choir, life skills, photography, campus maintenance, sewing, crocheting, art, and woodworking.  Extended hours activities are provided from 2-5 pm, Monday – Friday. Participants enjoy bowling, bingo, movies, and popcorn. The Jobs program is an employment training program for individuals who want to work and earn piece rate wages. As such, they become employees of New Danville, subject to the same accountability as our other employees. The JOBS training program is offered Monday through Friday, 2-5 pm.  Participants produce bath and body items, kitchen items or foods, studio art or woodworking pieces that are for sale to the public. A Residential program is also available. New Danville provides a variety of housing at affordable rental rates. Neighborhoods consist of a mixture of 4-bedroom homes and 1 and 2-bedroom duplexes. Monthly rent includes all utilities, satellite television, maintenance, and a night watchman. Residential support services can be contracted through a third-party provider. Residential assistance can be provided by HCS and CLASS providers. Non-HCS residents can contract with an independent third party provider if needed, at an hourly rate.

 

OPTIONS Transitions to Independence at Brehm
Carbondale, Illinois
http://www.experienceoptions.org
OPTIONS Transitions to Independence is a comprehensive boarding program for post-secondary students with complex learning disabilities, attention disorders, language-based disorders and/or executive functioning deficits. OPTIONS offers instruction and assistance for students who need to further develop independent living, social, employment and academic skills. As students transition through phases of OPTIONS, they develop skills and acquire the crucial tools necessary for independent life.
OPTIONS offers two different tracks: a College Transition track with our partner – John A. Logan College, and a Certificate of Completion track, which includes a variety of vocational concentrations. Both offer intensive assistance, structured supervision, and supported study hours. Our mission is to empower students with complex learning disabilities and differences to recognize and optimize their potential throughout their lifetime. We advance independence by optimizing our students’ full potential so that they may lead happy, independent, productive lives.

 

Providence Place
San Antonio, Texas
Website (coming soon)
Oasis Home at Providence place is a 2-4 year work and living program for young adults with disabilities in San Antonio and surrounding areas that offers case management services, money, health, and medication management education, employment services, nutrition, and food monitoring, problem-solving and interpersonal skills education, room maintenance monitoring, connection to community resources and living on a scenic campus with a walking track.

Legacy at Providence Place is a 2-4 work and independent transition living for young adults with disabilities in San Antonio and surrounding areas. We offer apartment living (your lease or ours), case management services, money, and medication management education, employment services, nutrition, and food monitoring, problem solving and interpersonal skills education, apartment maintenance monitoring, connection to community resources, and college support (if needed).

Adult Support Services

American Automobile Association (AAA)
https://www.texas.aaa.com/
Available Nationwide
AAA is an important safety resource for both drivers and non-drivers. AAA benefits cover the member, not the vehicle, which means that regardless of whether a member is a passenger or a driver, AAA can provide assistance.  Benefits can provide peace of mind for those utilizing alternative transportation or assistance from other drivers.

 

Arc of Greater Houston
Houston, Texas
https://www.aogh.org/
The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetime. The Arc of Greater Houston serves our constituents and the Houston community by focusing on the following major areas: Providing community outreach, education, and awareness on behalf of the disability community to families, schools, businesses, adult services organizations, and other community organizations; participating in national, state, and local legislative and systems advocacy to ensure that children with disabilities have access to a free, appropriate education in the least restrictive environment; and that adults with disabilities have access to community-based, integrated employment and supports; supporting the structure and cohesion of families who have members with intellectual and developmental disabilities; and providing life-enhancing integrated activities and experiences for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

 

Attention Deficit Disorders Association – South Region (ADDA-SR)
Houston, Texas
http://www.adda-sr.org
Our mission is to provide a resource network, support individuals impacted by ADHD and related conditions and to advocate for the development of community resources. We provide educational programming, support groups, resources, information on research studies and volunteer opportunities for young adults, parents, and families.

 

Easter Seals Greater Houston
https://www.eastersealshouston.org/Programs/autism-services.html

Houston, Texas
Easter Seals Greater Houston has partnered with the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to provide youth-driven transition services with the goal of higher education and employment for youths age 16-26 with autism and mental health conditions. Services will include transition evaluation and planning, social skills training, family and community resources and goals which reflect the youth’s realizable aspirations in areas of education or work, peer supports, job placement, job coaching, and supported employment. 

 

Family to Family
Houston, Texas
https://www.familytofamilynetwork.org/
Family to Family Network creates success for children and young adults with disabilities by empowering their families as they navigate the complex education, health care, and social service systems. By providing information on the various systems, referrals to the community resources, training events on the various disability topics in the office, community and at our annual conference, a website devoted to providing accurate and consistent information on the special education process, a monthly newsletter of family and community activities, a Guided Transition program, as well as a Leadership and Advocacy training program; families and individuals with disabilities have an opportunity to network and learn from one another.

 

Greater Houston Disability Chamber of Commerce
https://www.ghdcc.org
The Greater Houston Disability Chamber of Commerce was founded in 2017 in order to address unemployment disparities among Houstonians with disabilities.

Our chamber model is a dual customer initiative.  Traditional chambers serve businesses exclusively.  The GHDCC, however, serves two groups of people.  It serves Houstonian job seekers who have disabilities, as well as local businesses that are willing to recruit, hire, and offer supported employment with competitive wages to job seekers with disabilities.
The GHDCC is here to teach businesses about the benefits of hiring people who have disabilities; what supported employment is and how to provide it.  We don’t want to merely see our members being hired, but we want to see that they will have longevity at their place of employment, that they will be treated fairly and with dignity, and that they will receive competitive wages.  We know that all of this becomes possible when businesses are given the tools to make such an employment initiative successful.

The GHDCC also strives to help our job seekers to become workplace ready by offering workshops and education to them, as well as by connecting them to job coaches and a multitude of other transition services.

Ultimately, the GHDCC will serve as a pipeline in which to prepare and to connect businesses and job seekers.
 

The HUB
Houston, Texas
http://www.thehubhouston.org
The HUB Houston is a relationship-centered educational program serving teenagers and young adults with neurological differences. We bring belonging to life in a community where members are Heard, Understood and Believed in.  Our mentors believe belonging to a community is at the heart of learning. The HUB aspires to be a welcoming, joyful center where interactive relationship practice is central and where each member is accepted and cherished just as they are. At The HUB, social relationships will flourish, academic growth will continue and professional/employability skills are taught and practiced. The HUB Houston is a membership-based collective. Postgraduate aged members are offered a comprehensive Life 101 program option, including community, education, and vocational coaching. In addition, there is a Club HUB membership option that utilizes a relationship-based community center for social engagement, providing afternoon, evening, and weekend offerings. 

 

Including Kids
Humble, Texas
http://includingkids.org
Including Kids provides evidence-based behavior analytic interventions for persons with autism and related disabilities to maximize individual potential and to facilitate their meaningful inclusion in the community. Including kids offers 1:1 programs such as The SOAR, as well as community-based life and social skill building programs such as The Center for Community Inclusion CCI. The Focused Intervention Program provides targeted therapy in order to make gains in a specific area for teens and adults. Adult Services Seminars present a range of useful social thinking skills that are needed in the various and changing environments within which adults interact. 

 

Lindamood Bell
Houston, Texas
https://lindamoodbell.com/location/houston-tx-learning-center
Lindamood Bell has pioneered programs to develop the sensory-cognitive processes that underlie reading and comprehension. Our program serves adults of all ages with language-based challenges such as dyslexia, reading comprehension and memorization skills as well as functional literacy. A primary cause of language comprehension problems is difficulty creating an imagined gestalt. This is called weak concept imagery. This weakness causes individuals to get only “parts” of information they read or hear, but not the whole. As a result, adults with learning differences may struggle with reading and listening comprehension, critical thinking and problem solving, following directions, memory, oral and written language expression, grasping humor, interpreting social situations, understanding cause and effect; all of which can hinder them in vocational and educational settings. Some clients wish to “fine tune” skills in order to optimize learning and keep pace with the flow of the workplace or college coursework. Programming is short-term (weeks to months), immersive and intensive. Our individualized programs are individualized and meet Monday-Friday. Programs may range from 2-6 hours per day.

 

Social Motion Skills – Adult Services
Houston, Texas
http://www.socialmotionskills.org/adult-services
Social Motion Skills – Adult Services helps you move forward with workplace social assessments, advanced social skill training, job readiness, and independent living skills to help you achieve the success you desire. Social skills groups, driver’s ed, and specialty classes and parent training are offered in addition to Transition services. The T3 – Transition, Training and Taxpaying program is a job-readiness program designed to prepare young adults with autism and similar special needs to achieve and succeed at integrated employment.  The program blends specialized curriculum, assessments and self-development with hands-on internships at local businesses, such as Memorial Hermann Hospital, Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Clear Lake Infiniti, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Aspire Accessories. Our internship and externships offer real-world job skills practice in supervised settings within a variety of business lines. This exposure and access provide crucial learning opportunities. T3 creates employment opportunities through partnerships with businesses and community organizations, community education and advocacy. The base program runs 12 weeks with varying schedules according to in/externship placement and hours. In/Externship opportunities may change as partnership opportunities evolve. Intake interview required. Social Motion offers continued job support and independence mapping.

Trade/Vocational

nonPareil Institute
Houston & Plano, Texas expanding to Austin, Fort Worth & Orlando in the near future.
http://www.npitx.org/

  • nonPareil Institute is a post-secondary, not-for-profit, innovative program whose mission is to Build Better Futures for Adults with Autism. We offer hope to adults on the spectrum, enabling them to acquire skills and enhance their ability to live a more meaningful and independent life.
  • We provide person-centered training and support in technology, vocational, life, and social skills. Our goal is to help each student (Crew) find their passion and reach their full potential.
  • nonPareil has a proven track record of assisting this underserved group of people and successfully preparing them for increased independence and fulfilling lives. Some are able to pursue employment at nonPareil upon completion of their training. Others wish to pursue or return to college, while many transition into meaningful employment upon leaving nonPareil. We have helped over 500 adults with autism and are currently serving 220 Crew Members between our Plano and Houston operations. We are in the process of expanding our program to other cities throughout the U.S.

 

Texas State Technical College
Rosenberg, Texas
http://www.tstc.edu
Texas State Technical College System is a coeducational two-year institution of higher education offering courses of study in technical vocational education for which there is demand within the State of Texas. Texas State Technical College System shall contribute to the educational and economic development of the State of Texas by offering occupationally oriented programs with supporting academic coursework, emphasizing highly specialized advanced and emerging technical and vocational areas for certificates or associate degrees.

TSTC makes higher education affordable, readily accessible and personal through multiple instructional delivery systems, counseling and guidance services, student activities and the opportunity to learn in a residential setting at several of its campuses. By offering TSTC programs and services in flexible times and places, TSTC students are able to achieve their educational and career goals at a pace that meets their needs while minimizing the elapsed time needed to reach those goals.  To achieve time and place flexibility, TSTC offers traditional higher education credit programs taught on a semester basis, dual credit programs that lead to marketable skills achievement or further education (in partnerships with Independent School Districts), competency-based education and training delivery, online instruction, project-based learning activities, continuing education, and specialized training for business and industry. TSTC operates its programs and services in accordance with the public trust for which it is responsible.

 

Universal Technical Institute
Houston, Texas
https://www.uti.edu/locations/texas/houston
With 220,000 square feet of training space, our Houston campus has a 34-year history of preparing technicians for the automotive, diesel and collision repair industries. Additionally, qualifying graduates can apply to take advantage of Manufacturer-Specific Advanced Training focused on Ford, Nissan and Cummins diesel engines after completing a core program.

Governmental

Harris County RIDES
Harris County, Texas
http://harriscountyrides.com
RIDES provides non-emergency transportation services for older adults and people with disabilities who reside in Harris County that are unable to access METRO services or have no alternate transportation. To qualify under older adult or people with disabilities qualifications, you must reside within Harris County and meet one or more of the following criteria: 65+ years of age (proof of age required) OR people with disabilities (proof of disability required: SSI Award letter or certification letter from your physician). To use the RIDES service, you must be registered as an eligible customer either directly with the program or with a sponsoring agency. RIDES is a curb-to-curb subsidized program that allows eligible customers and participating agencies to purchase transportation services at a significant discount. The customer/agency pays 50% of the total trip cost. Shared Ride and Taxi Service programs are available to eligible customers.

 

The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD (IDD Community Resources/Autism Spectrum Disorders)
Houston, TX
Community Centers serving as Local IDD Authorities serve as a primary access point for essential and cost-effective, community-based services and supports for people with IDD. Local IDD Authority Targeted Case Management connects people to needed services, including life skills training, job support, specialized therapies, in-home support services, respite, and community residential services.

 

Social Security Administration
All States
https://www.ssa.gov
The Social Security (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits. Get help preparing for post-secondary education and employment opportunities through individualized services.  Services are based on eligibility and your individual need, and are provided in collaboration with the family, high school, community college, or Educational Service Center. Pre-Employment Transition Services may include: vocational counseling (ie. job exploration and training); counseling on options such as college and vocational schools; work-based learning experiences (internships and on the job training); training in self-advocacy and social skills. Services may be provided to help you achieve your education, training or employment goals, including (as needed): hearing/vision exam referrals; assistance with medical appointments/treatment; rehabilitation devices; therapy to address a disability; physical restoration; medical, psychological and vocational assessments; assistive technologies; job matching/placement; transportation assistance and referrals; rehabilitation teachers services (vision-related disabilities); vocational adjustment training and supported employment services. Under either program. The SSDI program pays benefits to adults who have a disability that began before they became 22-years-old. We consider this SSDI benefit as a “child’s” benefit because it’s paid on a parent’s Social Security earnings record. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) makes monthly payments to people with low income and limited resources who are 65 or older, or blind, or disabled.  Your child, if younger than age 18, can qualify if he or she has a physical or mental condition, or combination of conditions, that meets Social Security’s definition of disability for children, and if his or her income and resources fall within the eligibility limits.

 

Texas Workforce Solutions
Throughout Texas
http://www.twc.state.tx.us/jobseekers/vocational-rehabilitation-youth-students
Get help preparing for post-secondary education and employment opportunities through individualized services.  Services are based on eligibility and your individual need and are provided in collaboration with the family, high school, community college, or Educational Service Center.  Pre-Employment Transition Services may include: vocational counseling (ie. job exploration and training); counseling on options such as college and vocational schools; work-based learning experiences (internships and on the job training); training in self-advocacy and social skills. Services may be provided to help you achieve your education, training or employment goals, including (as needed): hearing/vision exam referrals; assistance with medical appointments/treatment; rehabilitation devices; therapy to address a disability; physical restoration; medical, psychological and vocational assessments; assistive technologies; job matching/placement; transportation assistance and referrals; rehabilitation teachers services (vision-related disabilities); vocational adjustment training and supported employment services.

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