South San Francisco, CA January 11, 2020 Submitted by Maryanne Mathiesen, Instructor
These wonderful photos were taken by SSFUSD ATP students Aryanna Ramesh and Fernando Orzoco Jr during Photography class on Friday.
The Adult Transition Program is a program of young adults with special needs ages 18-22 who have not received a diploma. The ATP is a continuum of federally-mandated Transition services for students receiving special education. The program serves students with a wide range of challenges especially those with developmental disabilities. All students access the community at some level. Many students attend classes at Skyline College taking elective and academic classes.
The ATP prepares students for involvement in adult community programs and, if possible employment. The unemployment rate of persons with disabilities is very high. Our program hopes to help the students find a part-time or full-time job .
All instruction takes place in integrated, age appropriate, functional, community based settings. ATP utilizes a supported employment model to place students in appropriate work, community and school settings, teach the skills necessary for success in those settings and identify and put in place natural supports.
“We will ensure that all our children will learn more today than yesterday, and more tomorrow than today.”
The mission of the Adult Transition Program is to develop young adults with special needs into positive, productive, and contributing members of society. Students in the ATP will demonstrate mastery of a continuum of Transition skills based on their unique level of ability with the goal of successfully transitioning to adult living. Skills will include social, communication, mobility, independent living, academic, technology, pre-employment, and employment skills. These skills are developed using Community-Based Instruction (CBI) in addition to classroom and community college instruction. Students will show respect for themselves and others, maintain regular attendance, exhibit good citizenship, and show an appreciation of diverse cultures.