Overview of the ADAPT Program
ADAPT (Assisting Developing Adults with Productive Transitions) is a community-based vocational program designed to teach functional life skills to young adults with disabilities, allowing them to maximize their independence in adulthood. Students learn domestic, vocational, community, and social skills, as well as self-advocacy. Students then learn to transfer those skills from the classroom to the community through real-world experiences— from preparing a simple meal and washing dishes to personal hygiene, on-the-job training, and money skills. Four days a week, teachers accompany small groups of students to locations in the community for vocational training at job sites, shopping at retail and grocery stores, eating out at fast food and sit-down restaurants, and leisure activities at local parks for recreation.
In classrooms designed to simulate home living environments, students practice domestic skills, such as cooking, cleaning, and doing laundry. Students also may be responsible for jobs within the school building, such as shelving books in the media center or working with custodial staff. One Mean Java Bean, our student-run coffee shop, is open daily and provides additional job training.
Assessments in ADAPT
We use a variety of approved assessments to measure and document student success and learning. Students in our ADAPT program have completed their academic high school credits; therefore, there are no End of Course Exams, Milestones, or Gateway assessments.