Regular School Day - 8:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Minimum School Day - 8:30A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
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.
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
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
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
- 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
- Cultural outings (Governor's Mansion, Wadsworth Antheneum, Mark Twain House, state legislative offices, etc.)
Our daily schedule is from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM on weekdays.
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."
"I like going out in the community."
"I like the abundance of life lessons learned daily."
"The staff helped me find a job that fit my personal interests and talents."