When a child turns 14, their program begins to incorporate outcome-oriented goals and objectives that are specifically tailored to assist in moving the child into post-school activities, such as postsecondary education, vocational training, integrated employment, supported employment, independent living and community participation.
Respecting the individual child’s needs and incorporating his or her interests and preferences, the IEP team (including the student) develops a course of study and a plan to provide opportunities for training in the community. The Joshua School believes that all individuals contribute to society and that with careful and respectful planning, all students can experience enriching and successful adult lives.
Preparing for work and instilling responsibility are ideals that are taught, whether a student is six or sixteen. Daily chores and expectations are incorporated into each student’s day from the time of enrollment. Partnerships for our students age 14 and above include such places as the Denver Zoo and The Art Workshop, and range in topic from science, to building, to custodial services.