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Guide to Secondary Education for Adults with Special Needs


College with Special Needs

As a caregiver for an adult with special needs, you may feel as if your loved one has fewer opportunities to pursue secondary education. Although some may be prepared to spread their wings after high school, there are also many adults with special needs can transition into the workforce, training programs, and more. These opportunities give each individual the opportunity to live a meaningful and fulfilling life by becoming part of the world around them. 


Vocational Training for Special Needs Adults

Vocational training programs are designed to help individuals focus on a specialized area of work, typically offered through a technical organization, vocational college, trade schools, and more. Specialists who work in select vocational training facilities are trained and passionate about helping those with special needs find their interests in order to place them in a training program that will help them thrive. 

Why are vocational training programs so great? Often these programs provide adults with special needs the education and training they need for future employment in a shorter period of time and less expense than some college courses. Furthermore, programs designed for special needs students help accommodate each individual through technology and devices built to make your loved one’s experience even more beneficial. 


Internships for Special Needs Adults

If your loved one knows what they are passionate about, it can be extremely beneficial to volunteer or intern at an organization in the field of their interest. Luckily, many workplaces set aside work hours for those with special needs to work towards their goal. Interning can provide adults with special needs the opportunity to succeed by allowing them to work with individuals in a real workplace setting. Not only will they learn necessary job skills, but they will also have the opportunity to network with others in their area. A successful internship could land any individual a potential job opportunity by giving them more experience and training.


The SAIL Program at The Buckman Center

The Baddour Center works to provide each of our residents with the opportunities and tools they need to receive beneficial secondary education. One of the ways our team has been able to help transition special needs individuals into adulthood is through the SAIL (Skills for Achieving Independent Living) Program at The Buckman Center.

The SAIL program is an incredible way for our residents to receive not only classroom education, but also hands-on training in real-life settings. Headed by a professional special education teacher, individuals have the opportunity to learn skills such as: 

  • Financial skills
  • Personal hygiene and self-care
  • Technology use and computer skills
  • Reading and writing
  • Cooking classes


Independent Living Homes for Special Needs Adults

Fostering independence in individuals with special needs is one way to help successfully transition them into adulthood. Similar to everyone else, adults with special needs desire to have space to thrive on their own, working to become self-sufficient in specific areas of their life. Independent living is one of the most beneficial ways special needs adults can foster independence in their own lives. 

Through group activities and events, learning opportunities, and more, the Baddour Center has continued to provide residents with numerous ways to expand their education. A few ways our independent living home for special needs adults helps broaden educational opportunities include: 


How to Prepare for Independent Transition

While there are many opportunities for special needs adults to pursue secondary education, some are unaware of how to begin the transition to this new phase of life. If you are a caregiver for an individual with special needs, the transition process can become overwhelming and stressful. However, there are multiple ways to make this time more exciting rather than difficult. 

1. Start at home.

One beneficial way to help transition your special needs loved one into adulthood is by starting at home. While many secondary education opportunities can teach a multitude of lessons and skills, they may not teach your child necessary social skills such as responsibility, communication, and more. Beginning with chores inside your household may seem like a simple task, but they can be a significant stepping stone in your loved one’s journey to success. 


2. Volunteer around the community.

Community service is a great way for anyone to stay involved locally. No matter what city you live in, there are bound to be many opportunities for you and your family to volunteer. From outdoor work to serving sack lunches, community service can help special needs adults discover new passions and interests. 



Pursuing Secondary Education at the Baddour Center

Our team at the Baddour Center is passionate about providing a variety of opportunities, tools, and advice to our residents and their families regarding secondary education for adults with special needs. We are here to help your loved one live a fulfilling lifestyle through independent living, group activities, learning opportunities, and more. To visit our campus, contact us today to schedule a tour. 


Posted by Brittany Rodgers at 14:55