Specialized Training, Readiness

Instruction, and Vocational Education


The S.T.R.I.V.E. program provides specialized services for students with moderate-to-severe cognitive disabilities and communication disorders. Emphasis is placed on specialized training, increased language and communication supports, emphasis on positive behavior and applied analysis, developing readiness skills, and vocational education.

Students in this program attend classes within general education buildings throughout the county with academic emphasis based on the students' abilities. In other classrooms, the curriculum is developmentally appropriate to meet the needs of students who may require specialized instruction in the areas of self-help, motor, and communication, and who may demonstrate significant medical needs. Emphasis for these students may be placed on positioning, feeding techniques, or assistive technology for communication. Additional areas of focus are life skills, vocational skills, recreation/leisure skills, and integration into the community. This is a comprehensive program of physical, occupational, and speech language therapy as well as nursing services as appropriate. Programming supports the goal of making a difference in the lives of people with special needs and support the students' level of independence.

Another component of the program is focused on preparing the students for community involvement through the Community Based Instruction program. Students involved in this program benefit by having the opportunity to participate in supported job coaching sites throughout their community where learning takes place on-the-job.