Transition Program


District 401's Transition Program provides support to young adults 18 to 21 who need help attaining the skills for independent living.

Participation is voluntary for individuals whose need is determined by their IEP team.

The classroom- and community-based program helps participants attain independent daily-living skills, vocational and employment skills, post-secondary education and training, and enhanced proficiency at self-advocacy and self-awareness.

The program is located at Elmwood Park High School.


Program Goals


The focus of the D401 Transition Program is on achieving the following goals:

► To increase independence in adult-living situations
► To improve self-advocacy and awareness skills
► To improve social and communication skills
► To increase leisure, recreation and life-skills opportunities
► To experience work-based learning and volunteer work
► To prepare for community living and participation

Transition programming is determined by each participant's individualized education plan goals and objectives, and instructional activities are driven by individual participant outcomes.


How the Program Is Organized


The program is not for credit. Participant success is measured by progress toward individualized goals and objectives.

Transition does not operate on a bell schedule. Participant schedules are based on real time, and therefore each participant comes and goes based on his or her individualized schedule.

To visit the Transition Program's website, where you can learn about program activities and services in greater detail, please click here.


Program Faculty & Staff


The Transition Program is offered through District 401's Student Services Department, which is directed by Dr. Kari Smith. Our staff consists of the following individuals.
 

TEACHERS

Hilary Coia

Teacher | Special Education | Transition Program | EPHS

  • sites.google.com/epcusd401.org/401transitionprogram/home?authuser=1 (opens in new window)

Paul Fredericks

Teacher | Special Education | Transition Program | EPHS

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SPEECH THERAPIST & SOCIAL WORKERS

Megan Bremer

Speech-Language Pathologist | EPHS

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Nina Limbeck

Social Worker | EPHS

Agnes Stankiewicz

Social Worker | EPHS

PARAPROS

Kristine Mazza

Parapro | Special Education | Transition Program | EPHS

  • sites.google.com/epcusd401.org/401transitionprogram/home?authuser=1 (opens in new window)

Janell Nunziato

Parapro | Special Education | Transition Program | EPHS

  • sites.google.com/epcusd401.org/401transitionprogram/home?authuser=1 (opens in new window)

Marsha Rubino

Parapro | Special Education | Transition Program | EPHS