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The Gateway to Independence Program is a transition program for students with disabilities, ages 18 – 21, who will graduate from high school with a Certificate of Program Completion and have post-secondary goals to live, travel, and work independently in the community. 

The program seeks to provide these students with the academic, vocational, and social skills necessary for a successful transition to postsecondary life. 

In order to be eligible, students must:

  • Be on track to receive a Maryland Certificate of Program Completion;
  • Attend four years of high school beyond grade 8;  and
  • Demonstrate work readiness and soft skills for independence in navigating the community, participating in work readiness opportunities, the application of functional academic and organizational skills, and following rules and routines. The school team and, as appropriate to the student’s program, Dr. James A Forrest Career and Technology Center along with the Department of Special Education review student data and information from their four years at the high school and make recommendations to conduct IEP meetings for candidates for The Gateway to Independence Program in the fall of their fourth year of high school. 

For more information about this program, please contact:

 

Alana Beatty

Transition Specialist

(301) 475-5511 ext.  32206

ajbeatty@smcps.org

 

Sherry O'Dell

Supervisor of Special Education 

(301) 475-5511 ext. 32206

slodell@smcps.org