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Transition Program - Guidance Office

Karen Gross, Transition Coordinator
Phone: (631) 565-6192 


Transitioning from high school to post-secondary life should be an exciting journey for every student.  However, like many things, it can seem overwhelming at times.  That is why the goal at Amityville UFSD it to make this process as smooth and seamless as possible for every student receiving services through the Special Education Department. This is a self directed process based on a student's strengths, preferences and interests. Through collaboration, Amityville UFSD strives to work with students, families and community agencies to ensure that each and every student achieves their post-secondary goal related to living, learning, and earning upon exiting our schools.

Please contact your child's Transition Coordinator Karen Gross at (631) 565-6192 or by email to discuss your child's future.


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ACCES-VR – Adult Career & Continuing Ed Services

ACCES-VR is an office within the N.Y.S. Education Department, which assists students with disabilities to identify career goals and secure and maintain employment once they leave high school.  It is a voluntary program that offers vocational services that include: 

  • Counseling and guidance
  • Testing evaluation for accommodations and rehabilitation technology
  • Job placement assistance
  • Funding for training at BOCES, trade schools or colleges
  • On-the-job training
  • Many other services not mention here.

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OPWDD – Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

The mission of OPWDD is “We help people with developmental disabilities live richer lives.  The vision of the agency is for “people with developmental disabilities enjoy meaningful relationships with friends, family and others in their lives, experience personal health and growth and live in the home of their choice and fully participate in their communities.  

Some services include but are not limited to:

  • Adult Education
  • Assistance with housing/rent
  • Acquiring and/or training for the use of adaptive equipment
  • Assistance in building natural and community relationships
  • Building skills related to household management
  • Developing/managing social and/or behavioral skills
  • Developing and/or strengthening independent living skills
  • Personal Care Assistance
  • Home safety & accident prevention (Evacuation)
  • Short-term relief from care-giving (Respite)
  • Supports needed to work or to volunteer in the community
  • Supports to find a job

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OMH – Office of Mental Health

The mission of the NYS Office of Mental Health “promotes the mental health and well-being of all New Yorkers.  Our mission is to facilitate recovery for young to older adults receiving treatment for serious mental illness, to support children and families in their social and emotional development and early identification and treatment of serious emotional disturbances, and to improve the capacity of communities across New York to achieve these goals.

Some services include but are not limited to:

  • Services for families and caregivers
  • Teens and young adults
  • Community Support Services
  • Project TEACH
  • Family Support Services
  • Treatment Services

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SILO – Suffolk Independent Living Organization

SILO Mission Statement is “The purpose of the Suffolk Independent Living Organization, Inc. is to enable people with disabilities of Suffolk County, New York to gain effective control and direction of their lives.  SILO advocates and promotes a growing sense of personal dignity and responsible community participation through training, community development and direct services responsive to the needs of the people”.  (Adopted August 3, 1998).

Services include but are not limited to:

  • Advocacy
  • Barrier Removal and Accessibility consultation
  • Benefits Advisement for People with Disabilities
  • Educational Services and Transition Planning
  • Employment and Incesntives for People with Disabilities
  • Housing Services
  • Personal Counseling for People with Disabilities
  • Travel and Transportation
  • Lending Closet and TRAID

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