Lakeland WINGS Program
"Working Independently and Gaining Self-Determination"

Students with disabilities who remain in school until the age of 21 may need more options to interact with same-age peers without disabilities. Therefore, WINGS increases further transition skills and employment options within the community. Students with disabilities have a wide range and level of abilities. Our obligation is to determine how to provide the maximum benefit from the community all the way to employment. WINGS is designed to support students with disabilities who have not met their IEP goals or requirements for graduation and who may need to continue to work on their transition goals which may include working, living independently and recreation/leisure skills.

The overall goal of these services is to provide students with disabilities, ages 18-21, a transition-focused program within a community environment based on each student’s Individualized Educational Program (IEP).

Program Elements:

  • Independent living
  • Employment within the community
  • Transportation/mobility within the community
  • Social/communication skills across environments
  • Daily living skills/life skills
  • Self-determination/self-advocacy skills
  • Community recreation and leisure
  • Relationships with same-age peers
  • Adult service agency involvement
Program Location:

Transition services for 18-21 year old students are not a continuation of the same program they participated in for the last three to four years in high school. Transition programs are ideally located outside of the high school setting, either at post-secondary institutions or in other community settings.  A community-based program allows students to better transfer learned skills in an authentic settings.

The WINGS Program will be located at an off-site, community-based residential location. This offers students the opportunity to learn and practice skills in authentic, real-life, community settings. Students will be transported from LUHS to the off-site location, where they will start and end their day. Throughout the day, students will participate in various activities within the community to increase their vocational, educational, daily living and recreational skills.