Transitional Services

The Arc of Butler County is working in conjunction with Slippery Rock University, the Butler Area School District, Mid-Western Intermediate Unit IV, and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to provide a Comprehensive Transition Program to individuals with developmental disabilities ages 16-25. This program offers three unique aspects that include work, nutrition and physical activity to participants. The program can be anywhere from 1-4 semesters, two times a week.

Their time at Slippery Rock University begins with work skills. Participants are provided supervised and structured job skills in a wide variety of settings across the campus led by professional SRU staff (host) and one-on-one college mentors. Participants rotate through various work sites at Slippery Rock University every four weeks so that they can have the opportunity in future semesters to self-select the worksite they most enjoy.

Second, a nutrition program is available so that participants are able to attend one of the several cafeterias/grille on campus and learn to select and eat healthy foods while socializing with age-matched peers.

The third program is an individualized fitness and physical activity leisure program conducted at the community-based student recreation center. Participants are not only having leisure time, but also working on building skills to increase stamina and physical ability to perform duties of their desired job.

The following pre-employment, skill-building opportunities are currently available through the Comprehensive Transition Program at Slippery Rock University:

Clerical Skills

Custodial Skills

Equine Care and Barn Maintenance

Food Services

Labor/Grounds Maintenance

Organic Farming/Gardening

Upon program completion The Arc of Butler County will work with individuals finding employment in their respective fields.

For more information on the Comprehensive Transition Program, please contact your Transition Coordination team within the Butler Area School District.