Life after high school can be uncertain territory for any parent. Navigating between a community college, four year universities, living at home, living independently, on-the-job training, supported employment, or entering the military can be difficult. For student with learning difficulties, this transition adds another level of obstacles and questions. Marshall CUSD #C-2 provides transition services to all students who receive special education and related services at the age of 14 ½ and above. These services aim to guide students to the resources and linkages to necessary for a successful career after high school. While a student’s special education eligibility through Marshall CUSD #C-2 ends when a student earns a regular high school diploma or turns 22 years old, services can continue through various state and local agencies. Agencies in our area include some of the following:
Lakeland College—Office of Student Accommodations: Provides accommodations to children with a documented disability such as extended time for tests, note-taking assistance, or tests in an alternate setting/format. Students must provide documentation including their most recent IEP and psychological evaluation in order to apply for services.
- Contact Info: Jordan Hicks; (217)234-5259
Ivy Tech Community College—Disability Services: Provides accommodations to children with a documented disability. Students must provide documentation including their most recent IEP and psychological evaluation in order to apply for services.
- Contact Info: Jamie Frey; (812)298-2282
Human Resource Center-Paris: Provides transition services ranging from supported employment for adults with developmental delays. HRC provides on-the-job training for people who have been hired by an employer but need support to meet the demands of their workplace. In addition, HRC provides supported employment opportunities to those with mental health needs though Individualized Placement Services (IPS).
- Contact Info: Paula Bishop (217)465-4118
Department of Rehab Services (DORS): Assists people with finding competitive jobs. Referral documentation is needed which includes your child’s recent IEP and psychological evaluation. Ask your child’s special education teacher for more information.
- Contact Info: Jean Davidson; (217)235-3154
Prairieland Services: Part of the Department of Human Services and provides services for students with profound developmental disabilities. They provide 24 hour residential or in-home care to students with significant cognitive impairments or an autism spectrum disorder. In addition, Prairieland Services provides training programs to teach life and work skills. A PUNS (Prioritization of Urgency of Need for Services) list helps DHS ensure that services are available for those in need. To find out more, contact DHS or your child’s special education teacher.
- Contact Info: Heather; (217)362-6128
CCAR Industries: CCAR provides early intervention/birth through two services, developmental training to assist adults who live and work in their community, vocational services to provide social and functional skills training and employment for adults with disabilities, and 24 hour residential services for adults with developmental disabilities to live as independently in the community as possible.
- Contact Info: Bobbi Easton; (217)348-0127