Eastern Illinois Area Special Education (EIASE): Adult LIFE Academy
EIASE’s Adult LIFE Academy serves areawide students aged 18-22. Prior to receiving TTA, students engaged in job exploration and work experiences in retail, recycling, and janitorial work. Recognizing the need to expand the number and type of work-based learning experiences they provided to students, EAISE initiated a request for TTA in the fall of 2022. The ICTW provided EIASE with on-going training and consultation to assist staff to develop additional skills in the areas of job development, job analysis, and interfacing with businesses. As a result of engagement in TTA, EIASE staff conducted job analyses of existing community-based work sites and negotiated new work tasks for students to sample. In addition, EIASE staff developed promotional materials to share with businesses, identified strategies for recruiting new business partners for community-based job experience sites, and successfully obtained one new business partner for the coming school year.