Preparing for More Independence

While other organizations may consider transition-age individuals to be those leaving high school, Easterseals Arc believes that individuals can achieve greater independence at any age. Therefore, our Transitions program serves any individual 18 or older who is unsure of their career or education pathway.


About Transitions

Transitions is a day program that caters to individual goals for independence. It has a heavy focus on community inclusion and preparing for community employment or post-secondary education.

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Transitions programming uses a combination of real-world experience and evidence-based curriculum to focus on job exploration; instruction in self-advocacy; workplace readiness training; and counseling on postsecondary opportunities. In addition, the program includes enrichment activities such as music, art and yoga classes as well as education on emotional and mental health.

Transitions at Easterseals Arc and Easterseals RISE share a focus on community involvement, but implement that focus a bit differently.

Easterseals Arc

Our Transitions program in Fort Wayne has three focused classrooms in our Coldwater Road building:

  • Our Independent Living Skills classroom focuses on life skills such as budgeting, cooking and hygiene. This is ideal for individuals who have already gained employment and want more independence or for those who need to gain confidence before choosing to prepare for employment.
  • Our Work-based Learning classroom uses volunteer opportunities, employment outings and the Employment Readiness Academy at the Ramada Plaza to help participants develop foundational skills for employment and clarify their employment goals.
  • Our Community Employment classroom helps participants learn skills to gain employment in their desired field and explore the application process, interview preparation and self-advocacy. They also will have guidance in applying for Vocational Rehabilitation Services as the next step in their employment journey.

Easterseals RISE

Our Transitions program in Angola is based at Cahoots Coffee Cafe, creating a unique opportunity for training in various employment oppportunities at the cafe. The Cahoots site also serves as a hub for Transitions participants to be picked up and dropped off for outings, work experiences and other activities.

Easterseals RISE also offers a Transitions program at its Auburn location.

More about Transitions

  • Daily activities are developed to address specific participant goals for steps toward community employment and increased independence.
  • Our participant-to-staff ratios range from 10-1 to 4-1, based on the needs of our participants.
  • All staff are CPR-certified and trained on first aid and dispensing medication. Staff also are trained on each individual’s specific information.

Service Locations

Easterseals Arc

For more information about services at Easterseals Arc in Fort Wayne, please contact Aimee Green at or 260.456.4534 ext. 276.

Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

4919 Coldwater Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Easterseals RISE in Angola

For more information about services at Easterseals RISE, please contact Aimee Green at or 260.456.4534 ext. 276.

Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

1600 Wohlert St, Angola, IN 46703

Easterseals RISE in Auburn

For more information about our Easterseals RISE campus, please contact Aimee Green at or 260.456.4534 ext. 276.

By Appointment

650 North St, Auburn, IN 46706

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