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Transition to Independence, Employment and Success (TIES)

Program Vision

The vision of the Transition to Independence, Employment and Success (TIES) Program is to provide students with significant cognitive disabilities ages 18-21 an intensive course of study and experiences to prepare them for employment, independent living (to the maximum extend possible), and active community participation


Program Mission

The mission of the TIES Program, in partnership with the families, students, agencies, and community resources, is to provide comprehensive transition services that will prepare students to reach their full potential and transition to post-secondary education, employment, independence and an active community life. 


Program Objectives


  1. Facilitate communication and connections among any and all resources that can support students to reach their goals;
  2. Provide students with enrichment opportunities, experiences, and community connections to foster independence; 
  3. Provide students with academic, vocational, and social skills instruction;
  4. Facilitate friendships with same-age peers by focusing on individual interests and availability to events within a 20 mile radius and by providing social outlets for students to strengthen friendships;
  5. Increase community awareness, participation and independence through community based instruction and community work experiences;
  6. Increase independent living/daily living skills;
  7. Improve self-advocacy/self-determination skills.