Focus on the Future
The goal of Focus on the Future (FOF) is to provide students with an age-appropriate post-high school educational experience based on their projected post-secondary outcome. Transition services offered through FOF emphasize promoting independence to the fullest extent possible in preparation for their adult life. Identified skill deficits in the areas of Vocational, Self-advocacy, Community Access, Daily Living, Personal Safety, Social and Leisure skills are the focus of instruction. Services are individualized to meet the needs of each student.
- To successfully prepare for paid employment
- To promote self-advocacy skills
- To prepare the student for the transition into the adult world
- To foster independence in life-long community activities
Student Participation Criteria:
- Appropriate post-secondary outcome of competitive paid employment
- Student-centered planning to indicate that the student will benefit from transition services off the high school campus
- Completed all credits required for graduation and participated in high school campus graduation ceremony
- Have a valid Texas ID and be capable of competitive paid employment
- Demonstrate socially acceptable behavior in classroom and community settings in a minimum 4:1 ratio
- Successfully participated in community-based instruction,work-based learning, or VAC while at the high school campus
- Completed work-based learning in one or more of the FOF student businesses while at the high school campus
- Capable of independence in the community, in familiar environments, with minimal training
- Limited support required for daily living and personal hygiene skills
- Capable of accessing public or para-transit services, or have other sustainable means of accessing their community (including walking, parent transportation, etc.)
- Applied for adult services and agency supports
- Prepared to transition to sustainable adult activities in the community (including, but not limited to paid employment, independent volunteer assignments and leisure activities, attending a day program)
- Able to follow a flexible personal schedule that revolves around employment and sustainable independent activities
FOF Referral Process:
- Campus teacher completes Life Skills Post-Secondary Transition Skills Assessment Screening
- The Assessment results indicate student meets the requirements for FOF and will benefit from receiving transition services off the high school campus
- The Transition Specialist attends Visual Transition Planning Meeting (VTPM) during the student’s Junior year to discuss FOF and make recommendations for further skill development
- The VTPM is repeated during the student’s Senior year, and Transition Specialist and/or FOF staff are in attendance to make recommendations and collaborate on transition goals
- An ARD meeting is scheduled to address placement in FOF following Senior year of high school, and a schedule is created for the upcoming school year
- FOF is a 2-year program. Students must be at least 18 years of age, and within 2 years of exiting the school district.
- FOF is not a typical 8-hour school day, and minutes of service for each student are determined based on their individual transition needs.
- The typical first year schedule is 1200-1800 minutes per week, usually in the morning and early afternoon, but this will vary depending on the student's needs.
- The amount of daily direct services will gradually decrease to foster independence and transition to adult activities.
- Once paid employment and access to sustainable activities are achieved, the parent is expected to provide transportation, to facilitate a smooth transition to adult life.
Starfish Cafe is a post-secondary vocational and transitional skills program hosted by Focus on the Future.
The 2018-29 lunch dates are:
- September 21
- October 5
- October 19
- December 7
- January 18
- January 25
- February 8
- February 22
- March 22
- April 5
- April 26
- May 10
Lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations are requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Suggested donation of $7.50 is requested. 10% of Starfish Café earnings will be donated to Special Education Social Fund.