Summer Transition Program

Last Updated: 1/14/2021 1:48 PM

PATHWAYS TO LIFE

2021 Summer Transition Program
for High School Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors (ESY)
who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Program date:

  • Distance learning: June 14 - 25, 2021 (Saturday and Sunday not included)

Applications, Flyer, and Resources: 

For more information, email: pathwaystolife@msa.state.mn.us

PURPOSE

The Pathways to Life Program provides experiences to address the specific transition needs of students who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or DeafBlind. The Pathways to Life program complements each student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) at their local school by providing individualized opportunities in transition areas identified in their program. These unique transition activities give each student the opportunity to increase independence in their school, home, community and work environments. Examples of support include: interpreting, amplification devices, small class size, and C-Print transcription.

GOALS

Pathways to Life is a residential program where students will:

  • Practice independent living skills through supervised apartment living
  • Explore potential careers through job shadowing opportunities
  • Discover community resources designed to meet employment, recreation and leisure needs
  • Explore post-secondary training opportunities
  • Address unique social and emotional issues
  • Access disability-specific assistive technology
  • Practice work readiness skills through volunteer opportunities

 

ELIGIBILITY

Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing or DeafBlind are eligible for Pathways to Life if they:

  • Are in 10th, 11th, 12th grade (as of the 2020-2021 school year)
  • 12th graders are planning to continue IEP in fall in a transition program
  • Plan to attend post-secondary education or enter competitive employment upon graduation
  • Plan to live independently
  • Have Extended School Year Services indicated on their IEP (including a phrase that states the student will receive summer transition services, room and board). 

 

PRE-EMPLOYMENT TRANSITION SERVICES

  • Job exploration counseling
  • Work-based learning experiences
  • Counseling on options for post-secondary education
  • Workplace readiness training
  • Self-advocacy instruction

COSTS

School districts will be responsible for funding services covered by student IEPs.  Students only need to bring spending money. 

PARTNERS:

Pathways to Life is made possible through collaboration with the following partners:

  • Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf
  • Minnesota teachers and staff working with students who are D/HH.
  • Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing (MNCDHH)
  • Minnesota Department of Education, Division of Special Education
  • Minnesota State Services for the Blind
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR)