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Introduction to the Program

Community Transition Academy’s Community Connection Project (CCP) program is a nonprofit, 501©3 transitional post high school program for young adults with developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder. The CCP program is designed to teach community skills, seek out community resources and adult support networks, and provide opportunities for young adults with social and behavioral challenges to connect with their community. Community Connection Project approaches its vision and purpose through three phases – all of which are necessary for successful inclusion, meaningful contributions, and high quality of life for participants and their community members.


The Community Connection Project Vision

The vision of Community Connection Project (CCP) is to bridge the gap between school and adulthood. CCP offers a one-of-a-kind, three phased transition program providing individualized, supported community adult-life experiences for young adults with developmental disabilities such as ASD. We provide our program participants opportunities to identify, build, and train natural support networks, foster meaningful relationships and partnerships, and generalize the life skills needed to connect with their community successfully and inclusively. Just as importantly, as true community inclusion is collaboratively synergetic, we offer specialized transition support and training for their chosen adult-life-networks, for both service providers and natural community members alike.

Program Main Informational Summary Points

  • Community Connection Project is a unique three-phase program, bridging high school to adult life connections and support for program participants with developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder.

    • We specialize in working with individuals with more significant social, communication and behavioral challenges that require a very specialized one to one support

  • CCP works with program participants from 18 years old onward who are no longer in high school (beyond 12th grade) but may be in a school-based transition program.

  • CCP is meant to be a transitional program (participation for up to 5 years with individual flexibility) for program participants that have exited their school programs within the prior 5 years and need specialized training options for their chosen networks to help ensure success and an enhanced quality of life.

  • CCP provides collaborative and experiential opportunities to identify, transition, and train all chosen community, functional living, social, and support community relationships, services and natural support networks.

  • Hours of service will be offered Tuesday – Friday afternoons-6:30 pm with flexibility as we grow and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and 1:00 to 4:30 pm to accommodate vocational, volunteer, and community experiences and schedules that cannot be accommodated on weekday afternoons. Days of attendance will be determined by the person centered planning and transition team and may change as the program grow and expansion becomes necessary.

  • The CCP program is almost completely community-based, meeting at a designated drop off location in Hillcrest and pick up spot (which may change based on individual circumstances and community activities) for transportation to and from the program.

  • Program participants must be ambulatory and able to be transported safely with others, toilet trained, and able to proceed into the community with one-to-one or two-to-one staff support.

  • CCP will incorporate real-life, participant-run micro business(es) to provide real-world training and vocational experience to our program participants within the first year of operation.

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