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    Building Real-life Independent Daily Living and Gainful Employment Skills

    Life is more than just work

    Seattle Public Schools' BRIDGES program is designed for young adults with disabilities ages 18-21 who continue to need special education services outside of a 9th-12th grade setting/curriculum in order to meet their own unique post-secondary transition goals. Certificated special education teachers, with training in functional special education services, are delivery case managers.

    The vision of the BRIDGES program is a world where young adults with significant disabilities are living their adult lives as productive, independent, and engaged community members. The mission of the BRIDGES program is to provide learning opportunities that build vocational, social, and independent living skills.

    This is accomplished through a combination of direct instruction and community-based activities through one of our:

    BRIDGES Programs

    SAVE THE DATE!

    College Bound Resource Fair

    The College Bound Resource Fair is a unique event created specifically for people with disabilities who aspire to become
    college students and the families and educators in their lives. The event is free to attend and includes presentations and
    resources to help make college possible. It is open to 9th-12th graders, high school graduates, adults and young adults who aspire to go to college, families, educators, and service providers.

    Saturday, February 2, 2019
    9AM – 1PM

    Bellevue College Main Campus, Cafeteria
    3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bldg C
    Bellevue, WA 98007

    Get 
    more information and register

    2019 School-to-Work Transition Fair in March

    For students with developmental disabilities, their families, caregivers, teachers, agencies, and employers

    Learn About:

    Supported Employment, Community Resources, Transportation, Parks & Recreation Programs, Family Advocacy, Housing, Higher Education, Eligibility Requirements, Family Resources

    Meet:

    Representatives from 40+ organizations

    Developmental Disabilities Administration

    Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

    King County School-to-Work




    Pre-Register by clicking the links below.

    March 16th at Highline College

    March 27th at Microsoft Commons

    Check out the video and flyers translated into multiple languages:

    https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/community-human-services/developmental-disabilities/services/school-to-work/transition-fairs.aspx

    Eligibility and Enrollment Process

    With the BRIDGES Program adult students have the opportunity to build their skills with a variety of tasks and projects at locations such as the Washington State Talking Book and Braille Library, Swedish Hospital, community food banks, local businesses, or the Emergency Feeding Program.  Our Eligibility and Enrollment Process web page can help you get started to determine if this program is a good fit for your student. Read more about BRIDGES eligibility and the overall enrollment process.

    Student working at Children's Hospital

    PROJECT SEARCH AT SEATTLE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL AND THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON!

    We are lucky to have two BRIDGES 1 Project Search programs for students in their last year of school-age eligibility who are DDA-qualified and want to work.  One program is well-established and embedded with Seattle Children's Hospital.  It was recently honored with the State of Washington Governor's Employer Award: https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/governors-committee-honors-employers-who-hire-people-with-disabilities-2017.

    BRIDGES 1 Project Search at Seattle Children's receive Governor's Award

    The other program is starting its second year and embedded with the University Of Washington campus in Seattle.  It is unique in that it focuses on serving students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Check out this recent article from the UW News! BRIDGES 1 Project Search at UW

    Here is a recent King 5 video about Project Search at UW:
    King 5 Article

    Seattle Times
    article published 5-29-2018

    Student at UW's Driving Range

    Please contact Sherry Studley for more information: (206) 252-9934 or srstudley@seattleschools.org

    General Program Information

    From how to engage in related special education services to managing transportation needs during the program visit our General Program Information web page.

    BRIDGES Programs Slide Show

    Students visiting the Fremont Troll

    BRIDGES logo

    Contact us

    BRIDGES
    Roxhill Annex
    MS WP-267
    9430 30th Ave SW 
    Seattle, WA 98126
    206-252-9930
    specialed@seattleschools.org

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    student at work