MCAR’s Transitioning Program works with students who are getting ready to graduate high school. We help young adults prepare for the move from school to adult life. Our training supports the goals listed in a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

MCAR’s staff develop activities that provide students with real-life, hands-on experiences. We coach them on how to make decisions, solve problems, set goals, make personal choices, and become a self-advocate. Our mission is to help the student achieve maximum independence.

Students must prepare for the real world

Our Transitioning Program prepares students for the real world. Some of the activities we offer include how to:

  • Look for employment
  • Develop a resume
  • Fill out applications and forms
  • Interview for a job
  • Plan a meal
  • Grocery shop
  • Prepare and cook food
  • Set up and run a household
  • Be a good shopper
  • Use public transportation
  • Use community services
  • Do laundry
  • Keep healthy
  • Obey the law
  • Protect civil rights
  • Register and vote
  • Pay taxes.

Our PAES curriculum benefits students and  schools

Most schools do not provide appropriate vocational training to students with disabilities. MCAR’s Practical Assessment Exploration System (PAES) does. Both students and schools benefit from this specialized work skills training curriculum. PAES supplies schools with the assessment information they need to meet education regulations.

With PAES, students learn the skills they need find a job in the community. These skills, along with the support they get from our Transitioning Program team, will help them achieve their life goals.

Contact our Manager of Employment Programs at 724-981-2950 x 221 for more information about our Transitioning Program.

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