Levy Transition Program
The Levy Transition (L Tran) Program was created in the fall of 2009 in response to the need within the Wichita Public School District to implement a program for students with disabilities from ages 18 to 21 that would prepare them to be successful in sheltered workshops after they graduate. This program was based on research of similar programs in the Kansas City/Lawrence area. A meeting was also held with admissions coordinators from all of the Adult Day Programs that were available in the Wichita area at that time. At this meeting it was determined that although systematic vocational training in the school and in the community was occurring, students were rarely successful in sheltered workshop settings as adults due to students being given too much one-one-one support within the school vocational programs, and students not staying on their vocational job for a long enough period of time to become accustomed to being in a work setting.
Out of this meeting, the parameters for the L Tran program were established. Students would begin going out into the community for instruction in small groups as opposed to one-on-one with staff to help students become more independent with their work. Also, students would begin working for a minimum of 1 hour prior to taking a break to help build their stamina and focus on a task. Each year, the L Tran program has a maximum of 10 students. The staff to student ratio is 1 staff for 2 – 3 students at all times, except during lunch breaks with the ratio is 1 staff to 5 students. Each student has an individual schedule and a day planner to help stay organized. Mornings are devoted to volunteering in the community at various businesses and agencies, leaving the building at 9:45 and returning at 11:45. Students are also taught the skills necessary to take an independent work break through Targeted Leisure in the afternoon, and receive instruction through the Unique Curriculum.
On Fridays, students are given pictures of items that they need to find at a store based on a menu that has been planned. They go to Walmart to purchase food, and then return to school to make lunch. Students and staff are then divided into ‘teams’ and each team prepares part of the meal. When lunch is ready everyone eats a family-style meal together.
Students in the L Tran program also participate in the Tri-County Basketball League, Circle of Friends, Prom, Swimming, Life Skills, and Music.