Curriculum/Program Services

What we do to help students plan, connect, and prepare for a life in the community after leaving the Academy

  • A personalized transition planning process is the guiding force in developing how any given student’s school services “look.” Each student has an individualized program schedule based upon this planning process. This schedule will likely be much different than a typical school schedule.
  • Making connections: Program staff help students and families make meaningful connections with adult services and supports: on going transition planning, parent education, collaboration with agencies (e.g., supported employment), and resource planning, etc. NOTE: These connections can extend to personal and family networks that might be useful in forging employment and other opportunities in the community.

  • Program services are community based. The home base for the program is currently located in the heart of the Redmond business district. The majority of instruction takes place in “real” community environments throughout the Redmond, Kirkland, Overlake, Crossroads, and surrounding areas.
  • Our curriculum focuses on community based and functional activities. Students have a personal schedule of community based work, personal management, and recreational activities. In addition to learning, these activities help build community membership. Instructional activities may include any or all of the following:

-Employment preparation: The primary program focus is employment preparation. Work based experiences (including small crew, independent, unpaid, and paid) help build a vocational portfolio and allow for the functional evaluation of skills and interests.

-Personal management activities: Personal management activities in the community allow students to use and refine functional social, communication, and personal management skills (e.g., money management, managing a personal schedule, navigating the local community, etc.). Depending on a student’s plan, these activities might include shopping, eating at restaurants, banking, etc.

-Recreation and leisure activities in community settings: Recreation activities in the community also allow students to develop functional social, communication, personal management skills in the areas of recreation and leisure (e.g., working out @ fitness clubs, bowling, visiting libraries, going to movies, mall surfing, etc.).

-Pedestrian safety training: Students will receive specific and ongoing instruction in walking and crossing streets in the community. This will include learning to navigate the greater Redmond community. An indirect, but very important benefit to walking is improving overall fitness.

-Transportation: Students will also receive specific and ongoing instruction using Metro, Sound Transit, DART, and ACCESS; use of carpools, taxis, bicycles and other forms of transportation when appropriate.

-Personal and disability awareness, self advocacy, personal/community safety, functional academic, social, communication, and mobility training are interwoven in all activities.

-Related services such as OT, PT, SLP are provided in a consultative fashion in community settings