Models of Success

Each Model of Success includes a detailed description and contact information. Some of the Models include additional resources and media including documents, Powerpoint presentations, audio clips, video clips, and web links.

BASE Project
The BASE Project located in Springfield, Missouri stands for Business Associated Student Education.The goal of the program is to provide students with opportunities to develop career awareness, exploration, assessment, and positive social skills.

The Believe-to-Achieve program located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri is a nine-week on-the-job training opportunity for students with disabilities (approximately 50%) and at-risk students.

Child Care Connection
The Child Care Connection is a 2-year program at Towson University designed for college-aged students with developmental disabilities. The program provides opportunities for young adults with disabilities to obtain employment in community childcare centers, specifically those that are inclusive of children with disabilities.

Community Transition (Ctran)
An 18-21 community-based program in Lawrence, Kansas including a detailed booklet describing the program and how it was developed.

Career Training Program (CTP)
The Career Training Program (CTP) in the Special School District in St. Louis, Missouri is a community-based work training program that utilizes 20 different work sites around St. Louis.

Cass-Midway R-1 Vending Program
Students in the Cass-Midway R-1, Missouri school district's secondary transition class manage all elements of the three drink vending machines in their school. Students do everything involved with stocking and maintaining the machines, marketing products, and managing the money.

Continental Project
A competitive employment program with a long history of interagency collaboration and is sponsored by the Flagstaff, New Mexico School District.

Cuba High School Travel Academy (CHTA)
A tour business of Chaco Canyon history and culture in Cuba, New Mexico developed and staffed by Cuba High School students.

Grandview High School Culinary Arts Program
The Grandview High School Culinary Arts program was implemented to include the ProStart Culinary program.

Interpersonal Skills Class
A course in Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park, Kansas that includes students with and without disabilities. The focus is on helping the students with disabilities develop meaningful social relationships and social skills.

Kansas Youth Leadership Forum (KS YLF)
A website developed by a Kansas YLF delegate and mentor designed to encourage ongoing delegate participation and communication.

Karen Hughes and her Clinton Vision Team
Karen Hughes, a deaf-blind student, with the support of a strong IEP team, has overcome her disabilities to begin to live independently.

Knob Noster Campus Visits
At Knob Noster high school, students with disabilities are given an opportunity to visit and tour local college campuses. The field trips started two years ago to provide 9th through 12th graders a chance to see the educational opportunities available to them after high school.

Margaret Garvin and her Self-Determination Team
A young woman with autism who had only ever been employed in a sheltered workshop. This story is about how she and her Self-Determination Team in Spokane, WA found competitive employment as clerical assistant.

Michigan Entrepreneurship Program
This statewide project supports student-run entrepreneurships in four Michigan high schools, including the Hallway Card Shop, the Balloon Gallery, the Spirit Den, and the Mariner's Cafe.

Missouri Assistive Technology Text-to-Speech
The Missouri Assistive Technology Text-to-Speech Project was a pilot study to determine how accessible instructional materials and text-to-speech technology would impact the graduation and transition outcomes of high school students with learning disabilities.

Missouri Youth Leadership Forum
The MYLF is a unique career leadership training program for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities. The MYLF is the only forum designed for students with disabilities in Missouri.

Nevada Transition Portfolio
The Nevada High School's Transition Program has students develop a transition portfolio to encourage and support their self-advocacy and self-awareness skills.

Personal Data Wizard
A website filled with transition-related activities and assessments designed specifically for students and only costs $1 to use! Teachers can use this with their students and customize a site for their students.

Pierce City Transition Portfolios
At Pierce City Schools, all students with an IEP create a transition portfolio beginning in 6th grade. These portfolios are developed throughout their educational experience in Pierce City and have been used to help them make the transition to postsecondary education and employment settings.

Randy Torres and ACCESS Guitar Club
Randy is a New Mexico musician on the rise! A young man with disabilities, he has recently made a CD of his music and is realizing his dream of being a singer/guitarist for local events, parties and conferences. His experience with Guitar Club at school has supported this effort.

Rolla, Missouri Hospital Transition Program
The Rolla, Missouri Hospital Transition Program was created in order to enhance the success of students with disabilities upon graduation.

St. Louis Science Center Program
Eight high schools with the St. Louis Missouri Public School district in partnership with the St. Louis Science Center sponsor an off-campus employment program for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities.

Teaching All Students Skills for Employment and Life (TASSEL)
TASSEL is a secondary transition program providing students with opportunities to pursue a functional course of study paired with a variety of vocational training experiences.

The Transition For Life
The St. Louis Missouri Public School district promotes postsecondary opportunities through the annual transition fair entitled Transition for Life. The fair gives students a chance to meet agencies/vendors prior to graduation.

What's Next
A 6-week course in Columbus, Ohio for young adults with disabilities and their families that focuses on understanding the adult services system.