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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.


  • Functional academics
  • Career assessment and evaluation
  • Vocational training
  • Job seeking / job keeping skills
  • Social Skills
  • Transportation training
  • Recreational and leisure skills
  • Independent living skills
  • Social advocacy skills

Academic Instruction

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.


Computer skill instruction is provided on Windows computers and Chromebooks for word processing and educational uses of the Internet and Internet safety.

Independent Living

Independent living skills are taught by special education teachers in the classroom, on campus and in the Middletown community.

Vocational Training

Student organizing books at the library
Career assessments are conducted to identify strengths, interests and abilities. Student internships are located at a variety of work sites on and off campus. Job coach support is available.
Is your company or organization interested in partnering with the Academy for job training for our qualiified young adults? Please give us a call at 860-358-9583.

Community Participation

Weekly community outings are offered and include shopping, banking, restaurants and recreational activities.  Physical Education is provided.


Travel training is provided.

Social Skills

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. 

Health & Relationship Education

A health and relationship curriculum is utilized.  Direct instruction is provided by a certified special education teacher.


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.

Related Services

  • A social worker provides counseling services designed to meet student needs.
  • A speech and language pathologist provides direct and consultative services.
  • A licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) provides consultation on a regular basis.