The Farmington Valley Transition Academy (FVTA) is a collaborative program through the Simsbury and Farmington Public Schools. FVTA serves students with developmental disabilities between the ages of 18-21 and is located on the University of Hartford campus. In addition to serving the transition needs of students from Simsbury and Farmington, FVTA currently enrolls students from more than 10 districts.
While at FVTA, students develop their skills in the areas of functional academics, vocational skills and adult living skills. Some students take college level courses, both at community colleges and at the University of Hartford.
Students at FVTA participate in a variety of on and off campus experiences. Students interact with students at the University of Hartford through internships, as co-workers, in Best Buddies and through Unified Theatre.
Additionally, students attend weekly community experiences and have traveled throughout the state of Connecticut and beyond.
Students at FVTA work on a functional curriculum and are instructed in functional reading, writing and mathematics. Instruction on employment readiness, ADLs, safety, healthy living, relationships and communication is integrated into the academic curriculum.
Some students that attend FVTA take courses at Manchester Community College (MCC). Students that choose and are ready for this step take the Accuplacer placement exam to determine eligibility for classes. Those that attend MCC, use the CT Transit public bus line.
At FVTA, we provide all students with a wide array of vocational experiences. Our staff consists of special education teachers, an employment specialist, job coaches, and ADL coaches, who offer ongoing support and feedback to help them become independent, self supporting adults. Students are assessed using a comprehensive rubric that targets communication, professional behavior and skills