Wethersfield Transition Academy

370 Silas Deane Hwy.
Wethersfield, CT 06109

Contact Us 

Kim Fitzner, Program Coordinator/Special Education Teacher
(860) 539-7649
kfitzner@wethersfield.me
Pat Allen, Transition Coordinator
(860) 571-8274
pallen@wethersfield.me
John Karzar, Director of Special Services
(860) 571-8141
jkarzar@wethersfield.me 


WTA Graduation Presentation - 2017

Vision Statement

To transition post-secondary students to the adult world by helping them gain knowledge and authentic experience in the areas of employment, life skills, social and communication skills, and age-appropriate leisure skills in a community setting. The program is individually tailored to meet each student's needs, while addressing overall goals of developing independence and self-sufficiency to the highest extent possible.

Program Population

WTA welcomes students who:

  • Are ages 18-21 and who have completed their high school graduation requirements
  • Have a developmental disability
  • Are recommended for WTA by their IEP team
  • Have satisfactory attendance
  • Are aware of basic safety 
  • Have demonstrated a desire to learn life skills necessary for supported or competitive employment
  • Have not had disciplanary action in the last two years
  • Are able to do their own personal hygeine or toiletries 

Program Components

Functional Life Skills

  • Cooking activities
  • Grocery and personal shopping 
  • Budgeting and money skills
  • Health and wellness
  • Positive choices curriculum
  • Nutrition classes with registered dietician
  • Social skills development
  • Occupational therapy groups
  • Management of personal care
  • Phone skills
  • Self-advocating and emphasis on independence
  • Personal and community safety
  • Laundry skills
  • Computer skills and internet safety 

Vocational Development

Based on individual needs, students are placed at work experience sites
to learn vocational skills, concepts, and community participation.

  • Identify individual work interests
  • Vocational training and workshops
  • Career prep
  • Resumé writing
  • Job shadowing
  • Job application process
  • Career fairs
  • Career exploration
  • Participation and development of student-run business
  • Job interview preparation
  • Dress for success

Community Experiences 

  • Social gatherings with peers
  • Participation in "Connections," a social group for adults 18-21
  • Best Buddies
  • Travel training
  • Visits to college campuses
  • Therapeutic horseback riding
  • NEAT Market
  • Better Connecticut
  • Bowling
  • Movies
  • Cultural outings (Governor's Mansion, Wadsworth Antheneum, Mark Twain House, state legislative offices, etc.)

Schedule

Our daily schedule is from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM on weekdays. 

Monday 

8:30 - 9:30 Morning meeting
9:30 - 11:30 Shopping 
11:30 - 12:00 Lunch (students will be given $6.50 and learn to budget)
12:30 - 1:15 Fitness
1:15 - 2:00 Journal Writing, socialization, cleanup, dismissal

Tuesday - Thursday

8:30 - 9:30 Morning meeting, discussions, cooking
9:30 - 11:30 Internships and academics
11:30 - 12:00 Lunch (we will eat what we've cooked for the day)
12:30 - 1:15 Internships and fitness
1:15 - 2:00 Journal Writing, work evaluation, cleanup, dismissal

Social outings take place on Friday. They may include:

Community outings (museums, colleges, skating, etc.)
Meetings with other transition academies
Best Buddies at Trinity College


Hear from our students

 

"We get to do a lot of fun activities. My favorites were the outings to the mall, the trash museum, and skating."
-Chelsea C.
 
"I like going out in the community."
-Cassandra E.
 
"I like the abundance of life lessons learned daily."
-Jeff H.
 
"The staff helped me find a job that fit my personal interests and talents."
-Nick P.




 



Wethersfield Public Schools

127 Hartford Avenue
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Phone: 860-571-8100

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