LFHS Transition Center

  • Transitions

    Mission Statement

    Lake Forest Transition is dedicated to preparing our young adults for postsecondary success and independent living through a strength based approach that fosters inclusive learning experiences, person centered planning, community engagement, and career pathways. 

    What are Transition Services? 

    "Transition services" means a coordinated set of activities for a child with a disability that:

    (i) is designed to be within a results-oriented process that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child's movement from school to post-school activities, including post-secondary education, which may include for-credit courses, career and technical education, and non-credit courses and instruction, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation; 

    (ii) is based on the individual child's needs, taking into account the child's strengths, preferences, and interests; 

    (iii) includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and, if appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills, benefits counseling and planning, work incentives education, and the provision of a functional vocational evaluation. 

    Transition Center Students and Staff

    Core Values

    • Prepare our young adults for postsecondary success and independent living by guiding post secondary outcomes, linking community resources, and fading supports when appropriate. 

    • Support an inclusive learning environment where all young adults, faculty and families feel a sense of belonging, are valued, and respected. 

    • Utilize our young adults’ strengths, preferences, and interests in person centered planning of the 5 Transition Domains (recreation and leisure, vocational and post-secondary, executive functioning, social emotional, and independent living) to ensure career, college and life readiness. 

    • Foster community relationships with other Transition centers, community organizations, adult transition linkages, and/or post-secondary educational/training opportunities to support our young adults and their families in the post-secondary transition process.   

    • Most importantly, we believe in celebrating successes, creating lasting friendships, and having fun!

    Transition Center Students and Staff

    Students at Transition Center

    Transition Center Student

    Transition Center Students

    Transition News and Highlights

    Transition Newsletter 

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    Related Services

    Vocational Corner with Mrs. Beckman 

    I am District 115's Vocational Coordinator supporting young transitioning adults (ages 18-21) to reach individual post-secondary goals through education, employment, and independent living. 

    Our focus is inclusion for all young adults to become fully independent in their current and future employability skills.

    As the Vocational Coordinator and as an educator, I truly believe a collaborative partnership between young adults, families and community partnerships promotes transition success within the following areas:

    • Communication, Self-Advocacy, & Self Determination (Understanding and speaking for oneself in the workplace)
    • Job Exploration and Researching (making connections to a career/job pathway)
    • Post secondary education/training experience (Understanding the education/training process)
    • Workplace readiness skills (Time management, Transportation, Applications, Interviews, and hiring processes)
    • Work based learning experiences (non paid/paid employment or on-the job training experiences)
    • Problem Solving (Completing work tasks, working with others on the job, addressing conflict, etc)
    • Independence in the Adult Working World (Ultimate Goal)

    In addition to skill development through the classroom, our young adults will also have the opportunity to apply skills through in-school and community work experience, and build interagency collaboration with appropriate adult services and supports.

    When transition planning with each family, I facilitate collaborative conversations, suggest strategies, and highlight appropriate adult service agencies regarding a person's education/training, employment, behavioral health, and life needs. 

    If you have any additional comments, questions, or concerns, please feel free to contact me at dbeckman@lfschools.net 

    Assistive Technology

    Updates from Ms. Medland

    The Assistive Technology Specialist and Team works to meet the needs of students at Lake Forest High School District 115 to determine appropriate assistive technology to meet student needs through completing consultations and evaluations as needed, provide training for students, families, and educational teams for assistive technology implementation, and provide continuity of programming and use of technology as students move throughout high school and/or the Transition Program. 

    Speech Services Scoop

    From Ms. Medland and Mrs. Manzella

    School Based Service Delivery

    Speech-Language Pathologists assess, diagnose, and treat communication disorders while also collaborating with team members, staff, and key stakeholders. 

    Counseling Services News Flash

    From Ms. Poladian

    • I help the team to create social, emotional, and behavioral supports that proactively help all students to be successful. I also problem-solve individual student concerns that arise. I support students in achieving their social/emotional learning goals, through direct instruction as well as collaboration with staff and families to help students apply their skills in real-life social, vocational, and community-based situations. I conduct necessary evaluations for educational decision-making and linkages to adult service agencies.

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