The Toledo Transition program hosts its annual orientation event for new and returning Judith Herb College of Education students from Sunday, June 13, through Thursday, June 17. The College Orientation and Assessment of Transition Skills (COATS) is a five-day, four-night dorm experience designed to assess student skills and provide independent living, self-determination, vocational and social experiences.
Supporting staff includes intervention specialists from around Ohio obtaining their Transition-to-Work Endorsement. Pre-service UToledo students majoring in speech and language pathology and recreation therapy will be providing activities and assessment of student skills. For many of these UToledo students, this will be among their first face-to-face clinical placements this year.
COATS ’21 will include some special events as well.
A partnership with the Toledo Zoo will highlight vocational/service-learning activities and the Galapagos tortoise tour. And on the evening of Wednesday, June 16, there will be a celebration for students graduating from the program that includes a special guest appearance.
Participation in COATS is required for new Toledo Transition students entering the program and continuing students interested in future dorm life. Soon after the conclusion of COATS, new Toledo Transition students and their families are provided with a comprehensive assessment report of information and recommendations of student skills across the four transition areas: independent living, self-advocacy, vocational and social.