18 Plus Programming

  • All students participating in 18+ Transition Services must have received modifications during high school while completing their academics.  A student who received modifications will need to show an area of educational need to receive services, determined through classroom data and transition assessments. Goals will then be considered with evidence of mastery determined. The IEP must have services outlined with time, frequency, and duration on the schedule of services pages. If they did not receive modifications during the time of meeting state graduation requirements, then FAPE eligibility has ended per 89.1070(a) and they cannot access 18+ programs. 

    A student who qualifies for transition services met course and statewide assessment requirements for graduation, is between the age of 18 and 21, and has been recommended by the ARD committee will be considered for 18+ Transition Services.  

    The mission of our 18+ Transition Services is to provide opportunities for adult students who are 18-21 years of age with intellectual or developmental delays to engage in instructional activities to improve their vocational, self-care, and life skills. 

    The goal for these students is to gain more independence and employability skills to prepare them for competitive, supported, or integrated employment, and independent, supported, or attendant care living.  

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    18+ Employment

    A student whose post-secondary goals focus on employment and will require minimal to moderate supports when accessing the community can be considered for 18+ Employment.  The goal is for these students to become employed either competitively or with minimal supports.  The adult student's postsecondary goal for independent living is an independent or supported living arrangement.  This program is offered at South Grand Prairie High School. 

    Students must meet the following prerequisite skills: toilet independently or with minimal supports and free of significant behaviors.

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  • 18+ Independent Living at The EPIC

    A student whose post-secondary goals for independent living focus on living in a supported living arrangement or at home with a caregiver will be considered for 18+ Independent Living.  Through innovation, Grand Prairie ISD and The EPIC have come together to create an environment that promotes inclusiveness and personal achievement. This partnership allows students graduating from GPISD to build relationships in their community that will follow them through their adult lives resulting in better post-secondary outcomes and quality of life.

    This programing provides students with the skills they need to access community settings freely and independently.  Students who are participating in 18+ Independent Living will access culinary classes, art classes, adapted physical fitness, and community outings. Students are taught social skills, community safety, independent living skills, and other valuable skills needed to achieve their dreams and goals. This program is tied to the South Grand Prairie High School campus.

    Students must meet the following prerequisite skills: toilet independently or with minimal supports and free of significant behaviors. 

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    18+ Daily Skills

    A student whose post-secondary goals focus on volunteerism and community involvement will be considered for 18+ Daily Skills. The post-secondary goal for these students is community involvement or volunteerism and living in a supported arrangement or at home with caregivers.  Students who participate in this program require significant to moderate supports to manage behavior and/or health needs. This program is offered at South Grand Prairie High School.

    The adult student does not need to be able to toilet independently or be free of significant behaviors to participate.

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