Fostering Independence

By SUSAN PARKER

Kennesaw Mountain High School is home of the only adult disabilities program in Cobb County schools. This program fosters independence for adults with disabilities.

At Kennesaw Mountain High School, students with disabilities attend the transition academy after graduating from high school. High school students do not have the opportunity to learn life skills. The transition academy is currently teaching over a dozen adults with disabilities valuable life skills to help them become more independent in their adult lives.

Jennifer Moore, Special Education Teacher at Kennesaw Mountain High School Transition Academy
Jennifer Moore, Special Education Teacher at Kennesaw Mountain High School Transition Academy

“We work through a series of units two times a year; home living, health and personal safety, cooking, grooming, social skills, job skills, volunteer, and personal management,” said Jennifer Moore, Special Education Teacher. “We go on community based instruction trips to retail stores, grocery stores, and volunteer.”

Students can receive education through the transition academy until they reach the age of 22. Corey Goldstein is one of the teachers at the transition academy.

Corey Goldstein, teacher at the Transition Academy
Corey Goldstein, teacher at the Transition Academy

Goldstein says he hopes more transition academies will be incorporated into schools everywhere.

“My advice to students is even if it isn’t possible to have a job, do not give up, look for other things to do to have a meaningful life,” Moore said. “Always be looking for opportunities to interact with others and stay active.”

The transition academy is currently seeking out more volunteers and job opportunities for students after graduation, to continue fostering their independence as adults.

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