Camden Post - Secondary Program
Camden Post - Secondary Program is a community- based transition program for students aged 18 - 22 years old with disabilities. Students graduate with a certificate of completion from high school and are offered an additional four years of school support in preparation for transitioning out of the school system to the adult world.
Students in this program are in their last transitional phase. All throughout their K-12 school experience, students with disabilities undergo multiple transitions: early intervention services to preschool, preschool to elementary school, elementary to middle school, middle school to high school, and high school to adulthood. The Camden Post Secondary Program is the last stop prior to students exiting the school system. As such, the program focuses on training students for adulthood. Although training for adulthood is a life-long and never-ending journey, the program prepares the adult student for a future after exiting the school system.
Shared Vision: To support young adult students with disabilities to plan and prepare for a meaningful adult future. A meaningful future is defined by the adult student, his/her family, and other significant people in a planning process that focuses on the student's strengths, preferences, interests, and needs (SPIN).
Transition Planning: This is a formal process for supporting students to figure out what they want to do after leaving the school system and how to get there. The purpose of transition planning is to help prepare students to acquire the skills for employment, post-secondary education, and independent living. The Camden Post-Secondary Program uses “The Taxonomy for Transition Programming 2.0” (Kohler, Gothberg, Fowler, & Coyle, 2016) as a framework for transition planning. This is based on the latest literature regarding predictors of post-school success of students and youth with disabilities in college, careers, and their communities. Quality transition planning is student-centered and student-driven. The model includes five primary practice categories: Student Focused Planning, Student Development, Interagency Collaboration, Family Engagement, and Program Structure.