SEPTA held its eighth annual Transition Fair for special needs students preparing for life outside of secondary school.
The fair, hosted at Calhoun on Jan. 6, attracted dozens of local and state organizations that specialize in services for special needs adults. Some of these agencies included AHRC, Life’s WORC, Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities, Ken’s Krew, Tender Care Human Services and SANYS, the self-advocacy organization in New York, to name a few.
The event kicked off with a vocal performance by Express Yourself, Calhoun’s mixed chorus of Prep for the Future students and members of the On-Tour drama club.
Attendees were able to select workshops from a diverse list, including Family Support Services; Special Needs Trust and Legal Guardianship; Medicaid Service Coordination; the ACCES Employment and Training Program and Self-Advocacy advice from members of SANYS. A student workshop also hosted former special needs students who returned to Bellmore-Merrick to relate their experiences outside of high school. The workshop concluded with a fun scavenger hunt of the agency tables with treats provided in the cafeteria afterward.
During the event, Prep for the Future students also manned The Stable, Calhoun’s school store.
“With more than 200 attendees, and more than 50 agencies and speakers taking part, the night was truly a success and the information gained will surely help a great number of families,” said Cheryl Gitlitz, the district’s transition coordinator. “It may have been a very cold and bitter night outside, but the dedicated professionals, Calhoun alumni and parent volunteers allowed every attendee to leave with a very warm and comfortable feeling.”