Vision Quest is a unique transition program for students with moderate disabilities between the ages of 16-22. These students have a need for a program focused on improving employment skills, community involvement and independent living skills. VisionQuest prepares students for both competitive and supported employment as well as independent and semi-independent living.
Have a current IEP and be enrolled in a local school district.
Be at least 16 years old or turning 16 within the school year.
Be in at least 9th grade.
Have a need for curriculum focused on employment skills, community involvement and independent living skills.
The Vision Quest staff works alongside students, parents and school districts to ensure that each individual is connected and prepared for the next step after school services are complete. We work hard to establish a good partnership with the most appropriate adult service agencies which include:
- Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities
- Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD)
- Kent State University Career and Community Studies Program
In addition to offering support for understanding and applying for guardianship and SI/SSDI as appropriate for each individual.
Each student works within the community at established job sites to expand their individual vocational skills. Students work on increasing their stamina, attention to task and work initiative. Students work alongside employees at each site, as well as Vision Quest staff to help coach them as necessary.
The current employment settings include:
Students travel in small groups weekly, utilizing PARTA door-to-door services to take advantage of local community activities to increase their independence and social skills. The activities change on a monthly basis built around areas of interest of the students and include trips built to work on the following skills:
- Restaurant Etiquette (including ordering and tipping appropriately)
- Shopping (Grocery and Retail)
- Leisure Activities (which improve team skills, appropriate social skills and communicating with each other)
Students work on a variety of independent living skills within the community and in a classroom setting to help increase their independence to participate in activities outside of school. Many of these activities are skills they practice in school and within the community, such as:
- Budgeting and Personal Finance
- Cooking and Meal Planning
- Personal Hygiene
- Wellness and Personal Health
Students travel within Portage county utilizing door to door services with PARTA. Students practice real-world skills by calling and scheduling rides, and communicating with drivers and community members as they travel on a realistic, affordable option to employment and community settings each week.