New Mission

New Mission


My mission is to explore how other countries around the world are dealing with education and special education issues.

I would like to visit and observe different types of schools that have proven records of success, wherever those schools may be. I would like to meet with school directors and administrators, government officials, leaders in the business world, and others who are responsible for implementing education systems or otherwise connected to education to learn more about how education is being addressed in their communities.

If you know of any remarkable schools in other parts of the world (especially special needs schools), please let me know about them. If you know of any education experts who are engaged in remarkable work in this field, please introduce me to them.

Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts or ideas regarding the above. Read more about my mission here.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

IDEAL School Of Manhattan Launches Next Steps Transition Program

Today I participated in an information session regarding the Next Steps Transition Program that the IDEAL School of Manhattan is launching in the fall.

Next Steps is a one, two, or three year program for students aged 18-21 who require additional support to become more independent before transitioning to adulthood whether that may mean higher learning, supportive employment, or something else.

This is particularly exciting for me because helping special needs children transition to adulthood is a mission that has been close to my heart since my 2013 visit to the Ann Sullivan Center, a private special education school in Lima, Peru (see our firm's December 8, 2013 blog post for details).

Here are some of the highlights of the Next Steps program based on today's presentation:

  • Skills Training  
    • Individualized programming and goals to help students achieve successful outcomes 
    • Student-interest driven programming to increase academic, social, vocational readiness
    • Greater independence by engaging in community activities

  • Student-Run Business (i.e., "School Store")
    • Focus on planning, purchasing, succeeding as a business, advertising, managing inventory, customer service skills, operating cash register 
    • Work on social skills, mathematics, and developing regular and meaningful customer relationships 

  • Internships 
    • Career-interest assessment to determine students interest and strengths and match students with internships based on their interests and strengths 
    • Transition support professionals ("job coaches") provided at internship sites 
    • Opportunities to practice work-related social skills 

  • Academic Classes 
    • Personal Finance 
      • School store, banking, shopping, personal finances, making bank deposits/withdrawals, real-life functional math skills 
    • Literacy & Communication
      • Current events, topical discussions, public speaking, resume writing, presentations, writing emails and letters  
    • Daily Living Skills 
      • Maintaining a household, hygiene, other activities part of one's daily routine 
    • Fitness
    • Nutrition & Health
    • Travel 
    • Community Time 
    • Technology & Coding
    • Self-advocacy 
    • Visual Art / Performance Art

The program will be open to both private pay families in instances where a student has received a high school diploma as well as students who may be eligible for funding pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)   

Feel free to contact our office if you would like to find out if tuition funding may be available to you through your local school district based on your rights pursuant to the IDEA, or if you would like to discuss your particular circumstances further.

You can access more information about the Next Steps transition program on the school's website.