The MTA program is located on the Wesleyan University campus and includes three classrooms, a computer lab, kitchen, laundry room and communal space for group socialization and activities. Transportation is provided to and from job sites and community activities. The population served includes students with varying disabilities and levels of ability including intellectual disabilities, significant learning disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Direct academic instruction targets literacy, mathematics and writing. Targeted skills are based upon student need with emphasis on functional skill application and consistent with student’s IEP goals and objectives. Instruction is provided by certified special education teachers.
Social skills training is provided and includes individualized and group instruction. Groups are led by a certified social worker and a speech and language pathologist. Opportunities are provided for socialization and recreation with Wesleyan University students. Wesleyan students and MTA students can also participate in a weekly social club.
Students are provided with multiple opportunities to problem solve and make choices and decisions throughout their day. Instruction also includes disability awareness and the development of self-advocacy strategies.