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Vanguard Transition Center

The Vanguard Transition Center offers opportunities for post-secondary education, career development, and social and life skills development to young adults ages 18-21 who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, mild emotional disturbance, and/or neurological impairments. Students receive continuing education, counseling, self-advocacy training, therapies, and career experience. For students who have IEPs calling for related services and specially designed instruction, services are available. Classes in current events, healthy lifestyles, and human social development are offered to all students, along with community-based activities and recreational opportunities.

The Transition Center offers three cohorts:

  • Post-Secondary Education Cohort: Support for students preparing to attend or currently enrolled in a post-secondary education program such as a local community college, four-year college or university, certified trade school or Vo-Tech.
  • Workforce Development Cohort: Support for students beginning paid work in the competitive employment sector or seeking community based guided work opportunities.
  • Vocational/Life Skills Cohort: For students bridging to work, housing and community support from adult agencies.

The Role of Parents

The Transition Center program is a partnership with parents, whose involvement and training are strong components of the program. Helping a son or daughter transition to adult life can be daunting and complicated. Planning and preparation for the transition are best completed over the course of several years. Even for parents who start early it is an undertaking of much time, energy, patience, and perseverance. The transition planning process takes into account the family’s dreams and concerns as well as the student’s strengths, needs, and aspirations. A well-educated, empowered parent is a tremendous asset as we work as a team toward achieving appropriate goals.

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