Beyond 18 Programming
Danny is a 21-year-old student from Whitewater Unified School District (WUSD). In September 2020, after completing his high school experience with WUSD, Danny’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team determined that he would benefit from participating in further transition-focused, Beyond-18 programming. It’s educational programming for students who are in special education and over the age of 18 that focuses on the pillars of transition services: living, learning and working.
By the time individuals turn 18 the educational focus is shifted from academic core content to post-secondary readiness skills. The team chose Genesee Lake School (GLS) as the preferred program for his continued development, knowing he would learn those essential skills at the GLS’s community-based site at LaBelle.
By developing these skills Danny was able to obtain employment through UW Whitewater this past summer. He graduated in December and continues to work for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Danny says he learned important things at Whitewater. “What I liked most about working at the university was throwing away the garage and cleaning 100 tables!”
Jade Hammel, Transition Coordinator, GLS says she is so proud of Danny’s hard work, and they will miss his delightful demeanor at GLS.
Danny’s mother, Theresa, adds “Without Genesee Lake School, we would have never seen Danny emerge with his peer interactions. It is truly amazing. It was just what he needed."