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Director: Jennifer Johnson
   

SKAGIT COUNTY
Developmental Disabilities Program | Transition Services


Transition services are activities that prepare students ages 14-21 with disabilities to move from school to post-school life and typically include topics related to; employment, education, housing, finances, and independent living skills. Transition services are funded and provided by a student’s school district, however, the Developmental Disabilities Program conducts significant outreach to students and families who are preparing to exit their transition programs to ensure they are connected to the services needed to be successful after they exit school.

In our community there are two options for transition programming; ATTIC through Washington Vocational Services and INVEST through Skagit Valley College. The ATTIC program focuses on independent living skills and preparing students for employment through exploring different job options and learning soft skills related to employment. The INVEST program is designed for students who would like a post-secondary education experience. Students participate in college courses with support and accommodations and are eligible to receive a certificate after they complete the program. Your special education teachers can help you determine which option is the best for you depending on your future goals.

The Developmental Disabilities Program also provides a program called Bridges for students who are enrolled in a transition program. Bridges is designed to ensure that students are connected and familiar with the services and resources that they can utilize to receive long-term support to achieve their employment goals. Bridges connects students to a supported employment provider who helps guide the student through a person-centered planning process to identify goals. This provider also helps navigate applications to a variety of agencies who can fund employment supports once a student graduates from their transition program. Bridges is a crucial resource to ensure the success of students and their families by educating them of the available supports our community has to offer for adults with developmental disabilities.

For additional information regarding transition services – please consult the resources below.

VIDEO: BRIDGES PROGRAM

For additional information regarding Skagit County specific transition services – please contact Jen Smith at jrsmith@co.skagit.wa.us or at (360) 416-1520.




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