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D-158 LIGHT program plans ribbon cutting, open house

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 11:05 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 11:07 p.m. CDT

HUNTLEY – The Special Services Department of District 158 has a new 18 to 21 transition program, Life Instruction Guiding Huntley Transition, or LIGHT, developed to support students with disabilities as they progress into adulthood and higher education.

The District 158 communities are invited to attend a ribbon-cutting and open house for LIGHT from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 19 at Deicke Park, 11419 Route 47 in Huntley.

A transition student is someone who has completed graduation requirements, but has delayed acceptance of a diploma to receive additional support and instruction before entering adulthood. LIGHT offers students continued assistance through state and federal legislation before exiting secondary education. It provides a range of academic and vocational training that is directed by the student’s individualized educational plan.

This fall, LIGHT begins its inaugural year as a three-tiered program at Huntley Park District’s Deicke Park and McHenry County College. The program will be taught by District 158 special education teachers and support staff. Curriculum is focused on developing and building academics, employment and independent living skills to meet the needs of the 18 to 21 population.

For information, contact Liz Kienzle by email at ekienzle@district158.org or by phone at 847-659-6136.

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