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Bridge Program

 

The Deron School Montclair Campus BRIDGE Program was established to provide students with disabilities, ages 18-21 who have fulfilled their High School requirements, with further education and experiences to prepare them for their post-high school goals.

Participants, with diverse needs and abilities, are presented with activities that focus on developing skills for making a successful transition from school to young adulthood.  In addition to learning about housing and personal needs, money management and community resources, students explore future educational and employment opportunities commensurate with their abilities.  

Areas of study include:

  • Financial Literacy
  • Consumer Awareness
  • Life Skills
  • Community Resources
  • Travel Training
  • Employment Preparation

Community-based activities reinforce skills introduced in the classroom while promoting independence and self-confidence.  Through regular trips, students are exposed to opportunities that will help them meet their daily living, recreational and social needs in the future.  Traveling via public transportation provides hands-on experience as students learn to navigate a wide range of community resources, including:

  • TDBank
  • United Way
  • Prudential Center
  • Newark Penn Station
  • Willowbrook Mall
  • Liberty Science Center.

As they progress through the BRIDGE Program, participants work both in-house and at local retail & service venues.  Structured Learning Experiences include:

  • Hackensack University Medical Center
  • The Falls (Catering Venue)
  • Daughters of Israel Eldercare Facility
  • St. Thomas the Apostle School
  • Shop-Rite
  • Walgeens Pharmacy

When appropriate, students are assisted through the process of obtaining certifications that will serve to increase their future employment opportunities.  All graduates receive guidance as they work through the important process of applying to the appropriate agencies for services that will facilitate their future success and independence.