Transition Program Offers Students the “Best of Both Worlds”

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Students and parents were greeted during their tour of Otterbein University by Vice President Bob Gatti.

It’s the “Best of Both Worlds.” Westerville City Schools, in collaboration with Otterbein University, is beginning a Transition Program for students with disabilities. For years, Westerville pupils had to travel to Ohio State or Columbus State to access Transition Programs. At a cost savings of more than $200,000, the “Best of Both Worlds” program will allow local students to access Transition Services in their home community.

Students in the program will have work experiences on Otterbein’s Campus and in Westerville; participate in activities on Otterbein Campus with Otterbein students; and practice daily living skills throughout the local community. They will gain skills for independence while experiencing college life at Otterbein University.

On August 10th, students and their families met for an orientation session. They were welcomed by Otterbein Vice Presidents Bob Gatti and Sarah Fatherly, along with Barbara Wallace, Westerville’s Executive Director of Pupil Services/Special Education, and program staff. The group toured Otterbein’s campus and program site. Sitting adjacent to Otterbein’s campus, Westerville’s Church of the Messiah is providing the new program with space for activities in a church-owned property.