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(Classroom To Community)

  • Autism Spectrum and other Neurological Disorders

Center for Learning and Growth

4 Tech Circle, Natick, MA 01760 | Map
(508) 653-6776
Program Hours:
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
early release 12:00 pm

Start Date:  August 29, 2017

Program Overview

ACCEPT’s transition programs prepare students for a successful transition to adult living. They provide career/vocational skill development, job coaching, person-centered planning, specialized instruction, and transition and vocational assessments. Staff work with students, families, schools and community agencies to provide support services that meet the unique needs of students. Students benefit from ACCEPT’s technology-rich classroom environments. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards, laptop and /or desktop computers for student use, iPads, and other assistive technology devices.

Individualized Education Programs (IEP) and Transition Plans based on assessment information are developed to maximize student independence and participation in the community. Special educators, vocational rehabilitation counselors, job coaches and speech, occupational and other therapists work in collaboration to provide a wide range of direct services and supports.

The development of skills related to functional academics and independent living is fostered by tailoring the program to each student’s vocational and transitional goals. ACCEPT staff identify appropriate work sites in the community and determine necessary accommodations to ensure positive experiences for students.

C2C (Classroom To Community)

C2C serves students 18 to 22 with autism and related disorders with severe social, cognitive and/or language delays. C2C provides community, vocational, social and functional life skills activities to enhance students’ abilities and facilitate transition to life beyond age 22. An Augmentative and Alternative Communication specialist works directly with the students in this program to enhance communication skills. The classroom staff provides a highly structured environment with consistent routines utilizing an eclectic approach that embraces Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), TEACCH strategies, language and picture communication systems and discrete trial training. A sample of curriculum activities include:

Community Activities

  • Cooking and nutrition
  • Laundry
  • Safety in the community
  • Recreation

Vocational Activities

  • Volunteering in the community
  • Participating in simulated jobs at ACT
  • Determining interests
  • Foundational skills

Social and Communication Activities

  • Conversational skills
  • Behavioral self-management
  • Identifying emotions
  • Tone of voice and volume control

Functional Life Skills Activities

  • Self care skills
  • Hygiene
  • Time awareness
  • Household chores
  • Community safety skills
4 Tech Circle, Natick, MA 01760 (508) 653-6776