The goal of our Transition Program is to maximize a student’s opportunity for independence. Transition planning formally begins at the age of 14. Students are introduced to different vocational opportunities through in-school work programs. These opportunities include laundry service, working in the school cafe, restocking supplies, morning announcements, deliveries, and office tasks. Students also begin to explore external employment such as internships, volunteer opportunities, future planning, and site visitations. In addition to promoting independence, the transition program focuses on self-advocating skills, critical thinking skills, organization, goal setting, self-understanding, problem solving, communication, decision making, and relationships.
The following programs are available to our students: vocational training, life skills training, community based instructions, transition fair, Young Adults Club, and other support services (DVRS, DDD, Access Link).
Keith Rygiel, Associate Director / Principal
Dr. Rygiel has more than 20 years of experience in special education at 1st Cerebral Palsy of NJ. He began his career as a member of our physical therapy department before furthering his education and transitioning into an administrative role. He has the experience, knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective school leader. Please contact him anytime – he would be happy to answer all your questions on anything from child placement to state regulations to parents’ rights. He is also available for personal tours of our facility.
An interdisciplinary approach is critical to the success of our school and our students. Teachers work side-by-side with therapists to give each student a consistent and intensive program that fosters success in all areas.
Technology We Use
All high school classrooms are equipped with computers that have touch screen capabilities. Classrooms are also equipped with the latest Smart Board interactive whiteboards. This interactive technology supports helps teachers deliver dynamic lessons and students write notes in digital ink and save work – all with the simple touch of a finger. The unique collaborative learning experiences ensure students are at the center of every lesson. Students also have access to iPads to supplement and enhance their lessons. 1st Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey offers wireless Internet service for easy access throughout the school.