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Passages 5 for 5
Passages ECO (Exploring Community Opportunities)

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

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.


Passages is a post-high school community-based life skills program designed to help students increase their level of independence and become more active members of their community. A safe, thoughtfully-planned environment encourages mutual trust, respect and acceptance among all participants. Passages has developed a hands-on success-based approach to increase student confidence and competence. Passages instructional strands, 5 for 5 and ECO each prepare students for a smooth transition to appropriate next steps.

Passages 5 for 5

5 for 5 serves students with Asperger’s Syndrome, Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NLD), ADHD, and other learning disabilities who require additional skills to transition from high school to post-secondary educational opportunities such as college, vocational or technical certification, or workplace training programs. 5 for 5 is designed to increase independence for students who need additional time after high school to explore, in depth, the five domains necessary for effective transition to college or career. Students discover and develop their individual strengths, become effective self-advocates and acquire a broader repertoire of social competencies and independent living skills, leading to a meaningful adult life.

Passages ECO (Exploring Community Options)

ECO is a multi-year post high school transition program for students with a broad range of mild to moderate disabilities. ECO fosters personal growth, responsibility and independence. The program provides the opportunity for individuals to explore a variety of vocational opportunities and experience the realities of the workplace. Students develop technical skills and individual qualities necessary to succeed. They discover and develop their individual gifts and strengths, become self-advocates, and realize their full potential.

Both 5 for 5 and ECO are designed to foster personal growth, responsibility and independence through teaching skills in five domains:

Financial Literacy focuses on money management skills as it relates to independent living and lifelong financial decision-making. Students are taught, and practice, money management skills through simulated and real life experiences. Key areas of focus include:

  • Money management (banking, budgeting, credit and debit, loans and financial records)
  • Contracts
  • Wages, social security and taxes
  • Insurance
  • Internet safety

Independent Living focuses on managing responsibilities necessary for everyday tasks. Technology to keep track of personal and home organization is explored. Focus areas include:

  • Personal/health care and hygiene
  • Access to health and dental care
  • Housing options
  • Meal preparation
  • Independent travel
  • Safety
  • Clothing care
  • Time management
  • Functional reading and writing
  • Knowledge of sexual functioning and birth control

Recreation and Leisure focuses on expanding student engagement in a wider variety of activities in their free time. Focus areas include:

  • Hobbies and interests
  • Sports
  • Fitness
  • Social media
  • Community and internet resources
  • Online safety

Social Skills facilitates relationship building and self-awareness in order to identify personal strengths, set goals and make appropriate choices. Focus areas include:

  • Social thinking
  • Social communication/pragmatics
  • Manners and etiquette
  • Self-advocacy and self-management
  • Friendships and dating
  • Problem solving, conflict resolution and coping skills

Transition to Next Steps helps students identify life goals and develop necessary skills to meet their goals. Focus areas include:

  • Career options
  • Self-determination and self-advocacy
  • Job training
  • Applications, resumes and interviews
  • Use of technology
  • Support structures in the community, workplace and college
  • Sources for education and training
  • Identify sources for education and training
4 Tech Circle, Natick, MA 01760 (508) 653-6776