WHY PLAN FOR COMMUNITY LIVING?

All students should develop to their full potential so that they may participate in society with competence, integrity and dignity.

In accordance with PPM 156, transition planning is important for all students, especially students with a disability. Personalized and precise student transition plans reflect the individual student’s’ strengths and needs and provide the foundation for a successful transition from school to community living.

“The probability of a successful transition is significantly increased when schools work with parents, employers, community agencies and providers of further education to develop coordinated transition plans for exceptional students” Transition Planning: A Resource Guide (2002) The Ministry of Education, http://www.edu.gov.on.ca

WHAT IS TRANSITION PLANNING?

Transition planning is about change, the preparation to leave school and participate in the community as an adult citizen and a valued member of society.

WHAT CAN MY TRANSITION PLAN CONSIST OF?

The Transition Plan for community participation should be individual and be based on the person’s interests, strengths, challenges and lifestyle. It may include:

  • Community Service and Health Care Providers
  • Employment
  • Leisure and recreation
  • Learning opportunities
  • Volunteering
  • Working within the home

HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT PATH FOR FUTURE COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION?

When determining choices, consider your interests, skills, experience and your future goals. Gather information on the labour market, contact not-for-profit agencies and organizations that can assist goal setting with workshops, individual information meetings and networking.

There may be a process or several stages to achieving a goal; i.e., continued education leading to employment or volunteering leading to paid employment.

WHAT IS COOPERATIVE EDUCATION?

Cooperative Education is a planned learning experience, for which credits are earned, that integrates classroom theory and learning experiences at the workplace. This is an excellent way to gain work experience, make connections out in the community and establish future goals.

WHAT IS SUPPORTED WORK EXPERIENCE?

Supported Work Experience is a non-credit program for secondary aged students with a disability that builds a transition plan through experiential learning to increase community participation and postsecondary goal setting. The student is supported by an Educational Assistant Job Coach to build independence, social and behavioural skills and transferable work skills. The experiences may lead to recreation, volunteer, continued education and/or employment.

WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO ASSIST ME WITH MY SEARCH?

Within Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board there are Guidance departments every secondary school. See list of Career Resource Centres and contact numbers below:

Schools

 Bishop Ryan  905 573-2151
 Bishop Tonnos  905 648-4989
 Cardinal Newman  905 664-3383
 Cathedral High School  905 522-3581
 St. Jean de Brebeuf  905 388-7020
 St. Mary  905 528-0214
 St. Thomas More  905 388-3030


HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION?

  • Contact the Guidance / Student Services Office
  • Contact the Special Education Department
  • Connect with Contact Hamilton (up to age 18) or Development Services Ontario (18 years and older) for community referrals and information

HOW DOES A STUDENT APPLY FOR COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES OR PLACEMENTS?

Many community programs must be accessed by referral through Contact Hamilton (under age 18) or through. Developmental Services Ontario (18 years and older).

Other programs may be contacted directly by the participant or his/her family or guardian.