The Arc of Rensselaer County has a proud tradition of partnering with local school districts to offer innovative options for students with disabilities as they prepare to transition to life after high school. Our staff work with school personnel to provide person-centered transition planning to help young people develop a direction as they move into adulthood. Students learn about the work world directly from the business community through job tours and shadowing, internships and paid employment during their last few years of high school. In addition to learning job skills, young people learn many of the “soft skills” critical to long-term success in employment. Students interested in continuing their education after high school are provided assistance in preparing for college or trade school with activities such as completing college applications, applying for financial aid, touring local campuses, class scheduling and accessing campus resources. Young people are also provided assistance making connections with adult service providers prior to graduation to insure consistent supports are available. Our staff are a source of expertise in translating NYS Education Department graduation guidelines into supports that result in quality young adult outcomes upon graduation.

My favorite part about working at The Arc is the welcoming and laid back atmosphere. I very much enjoy the closeness everyone shares. People here are real, honest, and working for the right reasons. I have made a lot of good memories and good friends here. I have received smiles, hugs, and laughter from people at The Arc. I also met my wife here, so that was nice.

I believe it is very important that people show up, do the work, and keep pushing forward with both small changes and large scale systematic changes. The world needs open hearts and open minds to keep growing. The Arc is a place where those open hearts and open minds will be valued and put to work.

–Kyle Bartlett, Innovation and Design Specialist
The Arc of Rensselaer County

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79 102nd Street, Troy, NY 12180-1125
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