Ability Beyond’s Transition programs work to prepare individuals with an interest in employment, in attaining the knowledge and skills necessary to begin their careers in a chosen field. The programs seek to build critical and transferable employment and social skills onsite in industry specific settings, while exploring career options in their local communities.
Who We Serve
Career Exploration and Internship Opportunities
We support individuals in building critical and transferable employment and social skills in an industry-specific setting. This short-term exploration program consists of internship rotations, classroom instruction, and community business exploration with the goal of securing employment after program completion.
Family Support and Futures Planning
Our experienced team of transition consultants offer personalized assistance to families who are navigating the education and social services systems as they strive to provide the best possible opportunities for their child. We assist with IEP evaluations and advocacy as well as career, college and futures planning.
School Vacation Programs
If your child would benefit from gaining work experience and developing social connections within the local community during their vacations from school, or if you need a supportive and structured routine for these weeks, this service will meet those needs!
Flexible to meet the school vacation schedule of your 16-21 year old with autism, autistic-like presentations, mental / behavioral health challenges, or developmental disabilities.
A secondary transition program focused on building competitive employment skills, Project SEARCH is a year-long, immersive internship experience that takes place at a host business site in the community. Project SEARCH helps young adults to determine their vocational interests and then build their hard and soft work skills and strengths …all in real work settings.
Frequently Asked Questions
What time of year are transition services offered?
Our Transition Services are offered year round based upon the needs of the individual.
How does the program work?
All of our Transition programs provide a blend of real life work experiences via internships, career counseling and vocational soft skills training to help individuals be prepared for the world of competitive employment. Whether services are provided in a group or as an individualized program, the goal is to meet the needs of each individual to be successful in a job of their choosing in the community.
Do I need funding?
In order to qualify, you will need to obtain funding from one of the following: In Connecticut: • Department of Developmental Services • High Schools • Private Pay In New York State, Adult Career and Continuing Ed Service (ACCES-VR) and Various High Schools.