About Transition to Independence

Transition to Independence is a comprehensive transitional program dedicated to providing real-life, teachable moments to help young adults as they navigate the road towards independent living and healthy relationships. Students skills, abilities and interests are incorporated into the curriculum making it a real-life experience with learning that will have an impact on their lives for the long-term.

On this page, you will learn more about us, the program, who qualifies and so much more. If you would like to enroll or have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us here.

Program Mission

The mission of the Transition to Independence Program is to provide the opportunities and developing skills young adults with special abilities (or disabilities) need so they can live and work independently.

This evidence-based transition program is focused on helping these individuals achieve their potential and advance their life-skills in areas such as employment, living independently, safety in their community, relationship building and so much more.

We work with young adults to develop social responsibility and personal competencies to help navigate the road to independence with life-skills and confidence.

In order to accomplish these goals, the program facilitators will engage these young adults in a developmentally-appropriate fashion in order to achieve positive results and outcomes.

Our core values include, but are not limited to:

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Empowerment
  • Passion
  • Excellence
  • Open Communication
  • Safe Learning Environment

We are truly committed to helping the young adults in our Transition to Independence Program develop the life-skills that will carry them into adulthood by achieving positive outcomes in gaining employment, functioning in their communities and building relationships.

What Is Transition to Independence?

The Transition to Independence Program is specifically designed for adolescents and young adults who are in need of assistance to navigate the road towards their independence.

As these young adults age out of the system, they face the complex challenges and expectations of adult life such as finding a job, establishing relationships, learning to live independently, and so much more.

Our program focuses on the individual’s strength and their needs to customize the program to make a meaningful impact on getting them on the road towards independence.

The key areas covered in our Transitions to Independence Program include: 1) Living Skills, 2) Job Readiness, 3) Safety in the Community, 4) General Organization, 5) Money Skills, 6) Cooking and Food Service, 7) Emergency and Advocacy, 8) Home Care, and 5) Community Exploration.

The services and support we offer are delivered in a safe class environment with small class sizes to allow for more personalized attention during the course. The program is flexible and tailored to the individuals in the class.

We’ve also designed our program to be accessible, developmentally appropriate and build upon the strengths of each of the individuals in the class. There is a focus on social responsibility, personal choices and development and enhanced support to help these young adults develop their confidence and the skills necessary to be self-sufficient.

Program Objectives

The Transition to Independence Program is filled with real-life teachable moments. Our goal is to engage the young adults in our program in a way that helps teach them the life-skills they need to navigate the road to adulthood.

We work on life-skills in the areas of self-management, cooking skills, social strategies, advocating, managing emotions, managing money, getting jobs, workplace conduct, and so much more.

  • Engage and teach young adults the skills needed to move into adulthood.
  • Teach relevant life-skills to help our students function at home, school, work and in the community.
  • Support these young adults as they gain problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Offer strategies to aid in the transition to gaining meaningful employment.
  • Reduce safety concerns by building risk prevention skills.
  • Provide strategies to help improve emotional coping and self-management skills.

Through our comprehensive transitions program, we can have a positive impact on the outcomes of these young adults as they enter adulthood.

Who Is Eligible For the Program?

The Transition to Independence Program is geared towards adolescents and young adults with various disabilities as they navigate towards independent living and working.

Students with multiple diagnosis such as language delays, communication challenges, processing disorders, executive function issues, social and psychological delays and other developmental concerns are encouraged to enroll.

Contact us today to learn more about whether this program would be a good fit for you or your young adult looking for assistance transitioning to independence.

What Are the Referral Guidelines?

The referral into the program can be made by anyone, but we recommend a discussion with the young adult to ensure they understand and are interested in the benefits this program could provide to them.

Who Teaches the Program?

Our unique team of program facilitators are committed to helping the young adults in our program successfully navigate their way to independence. They serve as guides to problem-solving, role models and teachers to help our young adults develop necessary life-skills to successfully live independently.

Our facilitators truly engage with the young adults to collaborate and get the students’ involvement and input as they work on developing skills and planning for their future next steps.

Rachel Hawkins, Director of Transition to Independence

Rachel graduated from Goucher College with a BA in Political Science, and got her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Temple University. A personal experience brought her into the world of OT, and she is a self-advocate for autism. She has worked primarily with pediatrics, both in public and private schools as well as clinics.

The driving force for the creation of Transition to Independence was her experience at a specialized day school for young adults with autism. Every student had goals related to work or daily living, which captured her interest. It was this population that ultimately captured her heart and soul. She is very excited to be Director of Transition to Independence, which aims to provide access to the skills young adults need to be able to live and work independently.