Wethersfield

Transition Academy

Contact Information

Mr. John Karzar, Director of Special Services (860) 571-8141 | Fax: (860) 571-8148
, Program Coordinator/Special Education Teacher (860)
, Transition Coordinator (860)

Mailing Address

370 Silas Deane Hwy.

Wethersfield, CT 06109

Main Phone

(860) 571-8248

Vision Statement

To transition post-secondary students to the adult world by helping them gain knowledge and authentic experience in the areas of employment, life skills, social and communication skills, and age-appropriate leisure skills in a community setting. The program is individually tailored to meet each student's needs, while addressing overall goals of developing independence and self-sufficiency to the highest extent possible.

Program Population

WTA welcomes students who:

  • Are ages 18-21 and who have completed their high school graduation requirements
  • Have a developmental disability
  • Are recommended for WTA by their IEP team
  • Have satisfactory attendance
  • Are aware of basic safety
  • Have demonstrated a desire to learn life skills necessary for supported or competitive employment
  • Have not had disciplanary action in the last two years
  • Are able to do their own personal hygeine or toiletries

Program Components

Functional Life Skills

  • Cooking activities
  • Grocery and personal shopping
  • Budgeting and money skills
  • Health and wellness
  • Positive choices curriculum
  • Nutrition classes with registered dietician
  • Social skills development
  • Occupational therapy groups
  • Management of personal care
  • Phone skills
  • Self-advocating and emphasis on independence
  • Personal and community safety
  • Laundry skills
  • Computer skills and internet safety

Vocational Development

Based on individual needs, students are placed at work experience sites to learn vocational skills, concepts, and community participation.

  • Identify individual work interests
  • Vocational training and workshops
  • Career prep
  • Resumé writing
  • Job shadowing
  • Job application process
  • Career fairs
  • Career exploration
  • Participation and development of student-run business
  • Job interview preparation
  • Dress for success

Community Experiences

  • Social gatherings with peers
  • Participation in "Connections," a social group for adults 18-21
  • Best Buddies
  • Travel training
  • Visits to college campuses
  • Therapeutic horseback riding
  • NEAT Market
  • Better Connecticut
  • Bowling
  • Movies
  • Cultural outings (Governor's Mansion, Wadsworth Antheneum, Mark Twain House, state legislative offices, etc.)

Schedule

Our daily schedule is from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM on weekdays.

Monday

8:30 - 9:30 Morning meeting

9:30 - 11:30 Shopping

11:30 - 12:00 Lunch (students will be given $6.50 and learn to budget)

12:30 - 1:15 Fitness

1:15 - 2:00 Journal Writing, socialization, cleanup, dismissal

Tuesday - Thursday

8:30 - 9:30 Morning meeting, discussions, cooking

9:30 - 11:30 Internships and academics

11:30 - 12:00 Lunch (we will eat what we've cooked for the day)

12:30 - 1:15 Internships and fitness

1:15 - 2:00 Journal Writing, work evaluation, cleanup, dismissal

Social outings take place on Friday. They may include:

Community outings (museums, colleges, skating, etc.)

Meetings with other transition academies

Best Buddies at Trinity College

Hear from our students

"We get to do a lot of fun activities. My favorites were the outings to the mall, the trash museum, and skating."

-Chelsea C.

"I like going out in the community."

-Cassandra E.

"I like the abundance of life lessons learned daily."

-Jeff H.

"The staff helped me find a job that fit my personal interests and talents."

-Nick P.