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November 8, 2013

THEIR VIEW: An opportunity for special needs to go to college

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In high school, students’ schedules are carefully organized by staff members. When they turn 22, they leave high school and, without any transition, have to start working and taking care of themselves, Franklin schools special education director Mindy Staton said.

The students are ready to move beyond high school but still need some preparation for living independently, she said. In the college program, they’ll be more independent while still having guidance from program coordinators and teachers. Students will be in charge of getting themselves to class and work and filling their time between classes and work. The responsibility will help students prepare for when they leave school and have to manage their own time and schedules.

Program coordinators are trying to set up a way for students studying education at the college to mentor students in the program.

The program offers a valuable next step for these students as they move from the structured world of school to the much-less-structured real world. We commend the college and Special Services Johnson County. The program has the promise of filling a gap in these students’ lives and will help them become more productive members of the community.

— Daily Journal, Franklin

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