Bridges to Life Program
CSDB’s Bridges to Life (BtL) program serves students between the ages of 18 and 21 who are Deaf/ Hard of Hearing or Blind/Visually Impaired, most of whom have met their graduation requirements and have deferred acceptance of their diploma. The BtL program supports them in bridging the gap between high school and the real world, and in achieving their transition goals.
BtL serves students in three main areas: employment, postsecondary education and training, and independent living skills.
For employment, BtL develops partnerships with businesses in the community to provide students with opportunities to learn appropriate job skills and to potentially earn a competitive job through work-study experiences and on-the-job training.
For postsecondary education and training, BtL provides direct instruction in English and Math skills in order to improve scores for college entrance exams and to successfully participate in the workforce. Transition teachers also support students as they register for classes, apply for financial assistance, obtain disability support services, and take a variety of post-secondary classes. Transition teachers also assist students in completing training requirements for work placements.
For independent living skills, BtL provides hands-on
experiences both on and off-campus in various areas related to independent living, such as housing, home management, cooking, travel and transportation, and community participation.