Special Education

  • Transition Pathways strives to help students achieve success in four areas of post-secondary training, including employment, community living, recreation, and leisure. Students are provided job opportunities based on an assessment that evaluates their pre-vocational activities, job shadowing experiences, vocational exploration and competitive employment history. Transition coordinators work with classroom teachers, vocational specialists, and job coaches to coordinate a student's academic studies, vocational training and career exploration.

Transitional Living Program

  • Transitional Living Program

    Age Range of Students: 18 - 21

    Location: West Chester and West Grove

    For more information, contact Stacey Barton at staceyb@cciu.org or 484-401-0177.

    The Transitional Living Program (TLP) supports students aged 18-21 with special needs in preparing for life after high school. This innovative program places students in real-world settings, fostering their integration as active community members. The TLP utilizes the community as a classroom, with students meeting at a fully furnished apartment where they take on shared responsibilities like household chores and budgeting. Apart from developing independent living skills, students also engage in activities such as using public transportation, visiting the library, banking, shopping, job applications and leisure pursuits. Additionally, TLP participants dedicate two full days to Job Training through the Discover program.

Transitional Work Program

  • Transitional Work Program

    Age Range of Students: 18 - 21

    Location: Downingtown, Phoenixville, and West Grove, PA

    For more information, contact Stacey Barton at staceyb@cciu.org or 484-401-0177.

    The Transitional Work Program (TWP) offers students the chance to engage in a Career and Technical Education program aligned with their interests. The program includes community-based instruction in work skill development, independent living skills and safe community navigation. With a continuous emphasis on safety expectations for community integration and independent living, TWP students dedicate 2 ½ days to Job Training through the Discover program.  

Transitional Work Readiness Program

  • Transitional Work Readiness Program

    Age Range of Students: 18 - 21

    Location: Downingtown, PA

    For more information, contact Stacey Barton at staceyb@cciu.org or 484-401-0177.

    The Transitional Work Readiness Program (TWRP) is a one-year collaborative initiative with Chester County businesses. This program, supported by a full-time job trainer, vocational specialist and special education teacher, focuses on employment transition. Students engage in daily volunteer work experiences, receiving direct instruction, transitioning to mentorship through a group job training model. TWRP tailors work experiences to student interests and skills, while also offering transitional activities such as resume development, interview skills and financial literacy.  

CHAAMP

  • CHAAMP

    Age Range of Students: 14 - 21

    Location: Downingtown, PA

    For more information, contact Kim Ring at kimberlyri@cciu.org or 610-518-6862

    CHAAMP is a community-based program catering to students aged 14-21 on the autism spectrum. Leveraging the community as a classroom, the program focuses on functional skills in diverse educational settings. Students benefit from a functional curriculum emphasizing social/communication skills, activities of daily living, vocational sampling and positive behavior supports. CHAAMP delivers 1:1 support in both classroom and community environments.

Aspire

  • Aspire

    Age Range of Students: 18 - 21

    Location: West Chester, PA

    For more information, contact Stacey Barton at staceyb@cciu.org or 484-401-0177.

    The Aspire Program is a one-year transitional program designed for high school students on the Autism Spectrum, or with a related mental health disorder, who have completed all graduation requirements but have not accepted their diplomas. Dual-enrolled in one college course each semester, participants are college-bound and not permitted to audit courses. The program, located near West Chester University, focuses on independent campus navigation. Alongside college courses, students engage in community-based activities that foster social skill development. Additionally, participants dedicate two full days to job training through the Discover program.