Life Skills Transition Program
The Life Skills Transition Program is specifically designed to support the transition of students with significant special education needs from High School to the adult world. Our focus is employment, daily living, health and leisure activities, as well as connection to outside agencies and supports for students ages 18-22.
S’cool Store/ Jobz Club Provided through the Division of Voc Rehab, these short curriculums focus on employment skills and starting micro enterprises.
Picture Your Future: Exploring Your Transition Goals This publication was written by Alaskans and for Transition aged youth in Alaska. It includes lessons on the following topics: exploring careers and work, training and education after high school, independent living and support, communication and relationships, community experiences and fun.
My Full Life A primarily web based, comprehensive system of person-centered learning focused on life after high school. It includes lessons for over 100 topics on things such as kitchen safety, interview skills, healthy eating, housekeeping, transportation, etc.
Transitions Passport Created by Unique Learning Systems, this binder provides a paper pencil based system for students to organize their transition experience including details about job exploration, emergency contacts, resume building, likes and dislikes, etc.
PROJECT BASED LEARNING
Snack Shop Students learn all aspects of working in a fast paced, food establishment, from ordering/purchasing to customer service and money handling. Since the Snack Shop produces items for sale, students also learn about safe food handling and storage, PPE and kitchen safety.
Thread Bear An introduction to the world of retail sales, Thread Bear resale shop provides students with the opportunity to learn about clothing care, pricing, customer services and making items visually appealing.
Young Sprouts Hydroponics are the farms of the future, so why not start learning about them now. Our students learn about seed germination, the need for light, fertilizer, and proper ph levels, appropriate growing mediums and mass production of leafy greens (for use with in our school).
ON THE JOB TRAINING
KIBSD works in partnership with DVR’s Pre-employment program to offer students paid real life work experience during their school day. These positions are flexible and can be scheduled around required classes. Job experience sites can be community-based or located within any of the school district buildings. Students are expected to follow the same guidelines as a regular employee but have KHS staff supervising and training as needed. If a student wants a community based work site, they are encouraged to make the connection with the employer on their own, complete a job application and interview.
*Enderle-Severson Transition Rating Scale- Form S
* Assessments imbedded into existing curriculum
*A variety of other informal transition rating scales are used based on the area of focus (Employment, Independent Living, Daily Living Skills, etc)
OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL
Independent Living Center http://www.peninsulailc.org/
ILC is the first stop for families looking for caregivers, grant money, recreation programs, or medical insurance for their child who has a disability.
- Assists families and individuals with intellectual and Developmental disabilities (I/DD) to access resources and needed services in their community.
- Coordinators can help individuals and families navigate the Alaska service system for Developmental Disabilities.
- Application/ assistance for:
- I/DD eligibility
- Waitlist registration and review
- Mini grants and other resources
- Individual Support Waiver
- ILC is the gate keeper for the Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver which funds things such as in and out of home staff, supported employment, respite care, and Adult Assisted Living Home services.
MEDICAID (HCBW) SERVICE PROVIDERS IN KODIAK
Community Inclusion Services
The vision of CIS “is to help our clients reach their potential using an innovative approach to living and learning based on best practices and grounded in Applied Behavior Analysis” (Facebook, April 2022). https://www.facebook.com/communityinclusionservices/
Justin and Kerry Wood
Day Habilitation, Supported Living and Respite services.
Hope Community Resources
Group Home, Assisted Living, Day Habilitation, Supported Living, Supported Employment, In Home Supports, Respite services. https://www.hopealaska.org/
Jonathan and Aly Strong
Group Home, Day Habilitation, chore and transportation services, Supported Employment https://www.facebook.com/StrongSolutionsLLP
Alaska Transition Handbook
This publication was produced by the State of Alaska, Department of Health & Social Services, Governor’s Council on Disabilities & Special Education to provide high school students and their families local information and resources to help with the transition into productive, meaningful adult life.
There are multiple types of guardianship including:
- Full guardianship
- Partial Guardianship
- Temporary Guardianship
- Supported Decision Making
Supplemental Security Disability Income
Cash, Food, Health Care, Child Care for people who qualify based on income. https://dhss.alaska.gov/dpa/Pages/default.aspx
Low Income Housing
Kodiak Island Housing Authority
2610 Mill Bay Rd. #E-1
Spruce Cape Homes
529 Carrol Way
Mill Bay Townhomes
1223 Mill Bay Rd
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
521 Maple Ave
OUT OF SCHOOL EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Helping Alaskans with disabilities get and keep good jobs. DVR may also fund some post-secondary training and education.
Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation
“The purpose of …TVR is to provide culturally relevant vocational rehabilitation services to Alaska Native / American Indian adults and transition age youth with disabilities who reside in the Koniag Region that leads them to successful employment outcomes.”
Individuals who have any type of Medicaid Waiver are also eligible for Supported Employment. This is an agency provided job coach who stays with the individual as much as is needed, for as long as is needed. Please talk to your Care Coordinator or support agency to learn more.