WPS is utilizing a Hybrid Model for all schools as a way to significantly reduce the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

Contact Information

Mr. John Karzar, Director of Special Services (860) 571-8141 | Fax: (860) 571-8148
Tracey Bielenda, Program Coordinator/Special Education Teacher (860) 571-8248
Mark Danaher, Transition Career Counselor

Regular School Day - 8:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Minimum School Day - 8:30A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

(860) 571-8248
370 Silas Deane Hwy.Wethersfield, CT 06109

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

  • ResumĂ© 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.