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Florida Local Web Links for Innovation in Transition and Employment

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Brevard County Project Search
Project SEARCH is a nationally recognized program established by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 1997. It provides a comprehensive approach to employment, job retention, and career advancement for students and adults with disabilities. The program consists of these two programs:
Adult Employment Program: Comprehensive employment, job retention, and career advancement services for adults with disabilities. Serving as a single point of entry, the Adult Employment Program coordinates job development and agency referrals with human resource needs. The goal is to match qualified employees with open positions, primarily in healthcare.
High School Transition Program: A one-year, worksite-based school-to-work program for students with developmental and /or physical disabilities during their last year of high school eligibility. The class of 12 is staffed by one teacher and three job coaches.

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Gulfstream Goodwill Transition Academy (Word file)
The Goodwill Transition Academy provides tuition free multi-sensory, individualized and innovative programs for youth and young adults with developmental disabilities. The Transition Academy focuses on job readiness and job performance so that individuals can successfully transition into post-school adult living. The school opened in August, 2005 and is located at 950 N. Congress in Riviera Beach.

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Lighthouse Central Florida
Summer Transitions program provides high school students and recent graduateswho are blind or visually impaired the training, skills and experience necessaryto make a successful transition from high school to college or vocational pursuits,with the goal of preparing them for an independent adulthood. Most students arebetween the ages of 14 and 19. Offered in partnership with the State of Florida,Division of Blind Services, this center-based program is offered to residentsof Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties.

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Leon County's Transition Services Integration Model (PDF file)
A pilot program characterized by shared responsibilities from multiple state agencies (local education authority, vocational rehabilitation and developmental disabilities program) that are equally but independently responsible for transition. At the point of transition, or the final year that a youth with a significant disability is in a public school, resources are pooled into an integrated customized employment process.

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Project Connect
This is a statewide initiative funded by the Florida Dept. of Education, Bureauof Exceptional Education and Student Services,whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for coordination of research, educationand service relating to adolescents and adults, especially those with disabilities,as they make and act upon community, employment and personal/social choices.

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Successful Transition After Graduation For Exceptional Students (STAGES) is a School District of Hillsborough County Transition Program at the University of South Florida (USF), College of Education, that provides training and support to young adults with disabilities. STAGES in partnership with the Department of Special Education, offers each student an opportunity to experience college life, explore career options, utilize public transportation, learn self-advocacy skills, interact with age appropriate peers, and reach their potential as an independent member of the community.

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University of North Florida On Campus Transition Program
The University of North Florida is recruiting students with developmental disabilities so they can learn to become more independent and teach their classmates about their world.


Tactics-Collier County

The mission of TACTICS is to increase opportunities and resources for students with disabilities who reside in Collier County, through promoting greater community collaboration.

Project Explore, Collier County (Word file)
Project Explore is a self-directed assessment and workplace readiness experience.Once students enter the program, they are matched with a mentor at Moorings Park,a local retirement community. They do everything from prepare meals for residentsor do laundry and change bedding, to working with the physical therapists, leadingactivities and helping in the business office.


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