Summer Transition Program

Last Updated: 11/10/2022 7:10 PM


2023 Summer Transition Program
for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind High School Students (9th/10th grade and above with ESY on their IEP). Programming will be geared for 9th/10th graders, focusing on career/interest exploration and self-awareness. Older students also benefit from this programming and are welcomed.

Program date:

  • June 20-30, 2023
  • Drop off June 20th and pick up June 30th
  • Room and board included for independent living practice! 

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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.


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



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

  • Are in 9th and above grade level. 
  • 12th graders or above 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). 



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


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


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)