Transition Age 14

  • Secondary transition refers to the process a student with a disability goes through as they move from high school to whatever comes next, including postsecondary education, employment and independent living. In Florida this begins at age 14 or earlier and may not end until 22 for students with significant disabilities.

    The term “transition services” or “transition planning” means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that:

    • Is designed to be within a results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment); continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation
    • Is based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences, and interests
    • Includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and, if appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation

Collier County Programs for Transition Age Students

  • Project Search   Words

    What is Project SEARCH?

    Project SEARCH is a one-year internship program for students with disabilities between the ages of 18-21. It is targeted to students whose goal is competitive

    employment. The program takes place at NCH Baker Downtown Hospital, where students will participate in three unpaid internships to explore a variety of career paths. 

     

    Students begin and end each day with classroom instruction on the NCH campus. The following topics will be covered throughout the program: Team Building, Workplace Safety, Financial Literacy, Health and Wellness, Technology, Self-Advocacy, Preparing for Employment, and Maintaining Employment.


    Life Program           

       

    What is LIFE?

    The L.I.F.E Program is an internship program for students with disabilities between the ages of 18-21. The program provides authentic structured work-study opportunities in a community-based setting based on students’ interests and strengths.  The program takes place through a partnership with The Naples Beach Club Hotel and Golf Club.

     

    Students begin and end each day with classroom instruction on the Barron Collier High School campus. The following topics will be covered throughout the program: Team Building, Banking Skills, Workplace Safety, Self-Advocacy, Preparing for Employment, Confidence Building, Work-related Vocabulary, Responsibility, and Maintaining Employment.

Higher Education Opportunities for Students with Significant Disabilities

  • The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA; 2008) defines inclusive postsecondary education programs as those where students with intellectual disabilities take college courses and work in internships and employment, both with their typical peers. The initiative calls for the establishment of meaningful credentials for students with intellectual disabilities; credentials that speak to employers of capability, skills, and self-initiative. Finally, the initiative focuses on gainful employment outcomes; postsecondary education must result in paid employment (FCIHE, 2016).

    This is a list of Florida’s inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) programs serving students between the ages of 18 and 43, according to a recent survey (FCIHE, 2016). Programs listed here meet the definition of inclusive postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities, as defined in the TPSID initiative of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA, 2008). 

     

     

    Program

     

    Program of

    Study

     

     

    Student Certification Awarded

     

    Program

    Certification

     

    Eligibility

    Academically

    Inclusive

    Academically

    Specialized

    Programs

     

    Course Hours Required to Completion

    Program Length

     

    Residential or Commuter Campus

     

     

    Student Supports

    A/M = accommodations

    and modifications

     

     

    Program

    Outcomes

    Florida Atlantic University Academy for

    Community Inclusion

    (ACI)

     

     

    Credential

    Based

     

     

    Employment, Community Living, Community Access

     

     

    FPCTP CTP

     

     

    18 and older

     

     

    1-2 per program

     

     

     

    2

     

     

     

    22-24

     

     

     

    2

     

     

    Resident

    and

    Commute

     

     

    Peer mentors and job coaches, enrichment, tutoring, A and M

     

     

    Certificate specific, Internships and Employment

     

    Florida Internat’l University (FIU) Panther LIFE

     

    Liberal Arts/ Career Emphasis

     

    Certificate of Successful Completion

     

     

    none

     

     

    18-21

     

     

    2-3

     

     

    1

     

     

    44

     

     

    2

     

    Resident Summer Only

    Faculty advisors, peer coaches, and academic mentors, A

    and M

     

    Certificate, paid Internship and Employment

     

    FIU Panther PLUS

    Liberal Arts/ Career Emphasis

    Certificate of Successful Completion

     

    none

     

    22-26

     

    2-3

     

    1

     

    37

     

    Min. of 2

    Resident Summer Only

    Faculty advisors, peer coaches, and academic mentors, A and M

    Certificate, paid Internship and Employment

    Florida Keys Community College

    Project ACCESS

     

    Industry Credential- Based

    Workforce Readiness and Industry Certificates

     

     

    FPCTP

     

     

    open

     

     

    2

     

     

    3

     

     

    5

     

     

    1-3

     

     

    Commute

    Project ACCESS Instructors and Project ACCESS Staff, Mentors

    Industry, Work- force and Access Certificates, paid Employment

     

    Florida Panhandle Technical College Project Independence

     

    Industry Credential - Based

     

     

    Industry

    Certificates

     

     

    FPCTP CTP

     

     

    18 and older

     

    Depends upon chosen industry

     

     

    0

     

     

    0

     

     

    1-2

     

     

    Commute

    Only

     

    Tutoring support,

    150% time for course completion and accommodations

     

     

    Industry

    Certificate

     

    Florida State College Jacksonville VERTICAL

     

    Industry Credential- Based

     

    Workforce and Industry certificates

     

     

     

    None

     

     

    18 and older

     

     

     

    0-6

     

     

     

    0-3

     

    Varies by Industry certification

     

     

     

    1-1.5

     

     

    Commute

    Only

    Mentors, literacy tutoring, course tutoring support, life- skill instruction, and accommodations

     

    Industry Certificate and Employment

    Pensacola State College Program for Adult Learning

    and Support (PALS)

    Career/ Industry Credential Focused

    Program Certificates and Industry Certificates

     

     

    None

     

    18 and older

     

     

    1-2

     

     

    3-4

    Varies by Industry certification

     

     

    2

     

    Commute

    Only

    Transportation, Enrichment courses, Mentors, A and M Disability Office

     

    Industry Certificate and Employment

     

    Robert Morgan Technical College Project TOPS

     

     

    Industry

    Focused

     

     

    Industry

    Certification

     

     

    FPCTP

     

     

    18 and older

     

     

    2

     

     

    0

     

     

    Varies by

    Industry

     

     

    3-4

     

     

    Commute

    Only

     

    Case management support, specialized tutors, and facilitators,

    and accommodations

     

    Industry Certificate, Employment

     

     

    Santa Fe Community College Project SAINT

     

     

    Industry

    Focused

     

    Industry and Discrete Certifications

     

     

    FPCTP

     

     

    18-25

     

     

    2

     

     

    1

     

     

    2 per term

     

     

    1-2

     

     

    Commute

    Only

    Academic and social mentors, counseling, and advisement, enrichment and accommodations

     

    Discrete and/or Program Certificate, Employment

     

    Southeastern University Pathways School for

    Excellence

     

    Transition

    and Career

    Focused

     

     

    Certificate of

    Achievement

     

     

    CTP

     

     

    18-25

     

     

    6

     

     

    6

     

     

    36-48

     

     

    4

     

    Residential

    and

    Commute

     

     

    Mentors, enrichment courses, A and M

     

    Certificate, life skills, Employment

     

    Tallahassee Community College

    EAGLE Connections

     

    Career

    Focused

     

     

    TCC Certificate

     

     

    None

     

    18 and older

     

     

    1-2

     

     

    0

     

     

    24

     

     

    2-4

     

    Commute

    Only

     

    In-class mentors, enrichment, A and M

    Volunteer/Servic e hours, Internships, Certificate

     

     University of Central Florida Inclusive Education

    Services

     

    Liberal Arts/ Career Emphasis

     

     

    In development

     

     

    FPCTP

     

    18 and older, HS completion

     

     

    2-3

     

     

    0

     

     

    30-39

     

     

    3

     

    Residential

    and

    Commute

     

    Mentors, student accessibility services, tutoring, appreciative advising, A and M

     

     

    Internships, and

    Employment

     

     University of

    North Florida

    On Campus Transition

     

    Transition

    and Career

    Focused

     

    Certificate of program completion

     

     

    None

     

    18 and older

     

     

    2

     

     

    0

     

     

    24-48

     

    2 or

    4

     

    Residential

    and

    Commute

     

     

    Mentors, A and M

     

    Certificate and Employment

     

Parent Involvement

  • Become Involved :
    If you are a parent, community member or a business we would appreciate your support. Please click on the web-links below if you are interested in participating in Sharing the Commitment, Partners in Transition inter-agency collaborative organizations or have a business and would like to provide internship opportunities for students with disabilities.

    Sharing the Commitment: A collaborative advisory to the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Department in the Collier County Public Schools (CCPS).

    Partners in Transition: A sub-committee of Sharing the Commitment that focuses on transition services for students with disabilities ages 14-22. 
    Meeting Dates: 2016-17 School Year: Sept. 21Nov. 16, March 22, and May 24
    Time: 1:00PM-2:30PM    Location: MLK Administrative Building
    Perspective Employer Brochure

Guardianship

  • Guardianship:

    Lighting the Way to Guardianship: The primary purpose of this manual is to increase the knowledge of individuals with disabilities and their families about the various ways under Florida law to provide decision-making assistance, including guardian advocacy and guardianship. How to access the legal system, when necessary, is also addressed in the manual. A companion manual for attorneys and other qualified legal professionals was also created and is available to assist the legal community.

    The following list of attorneys who handle guardianship matters neither represents sponsorship by the Collier County School District (“the District”) nor the recommendation of a particular attorney or his or her firm by the District.  The choice to draw from the list and engage a particular attorney or firm is the individual’s decision to make and the District is neither responsible nor liable for any such decision.

    NAMEADDRESSTELEPHONE     #E-MAIL ADDRESS
    Maureen Aughton 2390 Tamiami Trail N #202, Naples, FL 34103239-919-5436maughton@aughtonlaw.com
    Basil Bain  1100 5th Ave S Ste 201, Naples FL 34102239-434-2294bainlawfirm@comcast.net
    Magen Kellam 5147 Castello Drive, Naples FL 43032239-643-1152kellamlaw@gmail.com
    Jennifer Nackley 1395 Panther Ln Ste 300,Naples, FL 34109239 659-5042 jennifer.nackley@quarles.com
    William Pearson 5551 Ridgewood Dr #501, Naples FL 34108239-514-1000wpearson@gfpac.com
    Douglas Rankin  2335 Tamiami Trl N Ste 308, Naples FL 34103239-262-0061http://www.drankinlaw.com/