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    Building Real-life Independent Daily Living and Gainful Employment Skills

    Seattle Public Schools' BRIDGES program is designed for young adults with disabilities ages 18-21 who continue to need special education services outside of a 9th-12th grade setting/curriculum in order to meet their own unique post-secondary transition goals. Certificated special education teachers, with training in functional special education services, are delivery case managers.

    The vision of the BRIDGES program is a world where young adults with significant disabilities are living their adult lives as productive, independent, and engaged community members. The mission of the BRIDGES program is to provide learning opportunities that build vocational, social, and independent living skills.

    This is accomplished through a combination of direct instruction and community-based activities through one of four:

    BRIDGES Programs (click here)

    Upcoming Events:

    Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) Information Night!

    Transition Services provide support and guidance to Seattle Public Schools students with disabilities as they prepare to move from high school to the work place. Each student’s transition team includes student, parents, school staff, and counselors from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).  DVR provides services to individuals who want to work but need assistance due to a physical, sensory, cognitive or mental disability. A DVR counselor works with each individual one-on-one to design a customized, step-by-step plan to achieve the desired job goal.  To learn more, come out to the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence Auditorium on Thursday, October 19th from 6:30-8:30 PM.  This is an opportunity for  families, students, and school staff to learn more about DVR and ask questions. 

    If interpreters are needed, please contact Margo Siegenthaler, Special Education Ombudsperson at (206)  252-0794 or

    BRIDGES Information Night!

    Come learn about Seattle Public Schools’ special education transition programs for young adults with disabilities ages 18-21.   Meet transition teachers, staff, adult-service agency providers, and ask questions.

    Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
    6:30-8:00 PM
    John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence
    2445 3rd Ave S., Seattle, WA 98134

    For more information, contact Glen Boyd, BRIDGES Program Specialist at (206) 252-0837 or

    If interpreters are needed, please contact Margo Siegenthaler, Special Education Ombudsperson at (206)  252-0794 or

    Eligibility and Enrollment Process

    With the BRIDGES Program adult students have the opportunity to build their skills with a variety of tasks and projects at locations such as the Washington State Talking Book and Braille Library, Swedish Hospital, community food banks, local businesses, or the Emergency Feeding Program.  Our Eligibility and Enrollment Process web page can help you get started to determine if this program is a good fit for your student. Read more about BRIDGES eligibility and the overall enrollment process.

    General Program Information

    From how to engage in related special education services to managing transportation needs during the program visit our General Program Information web page.

    BRIDGES Programs Slide Show

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    Contact us

    Special Education, MS 31-680
    John Stanford Center
    for Educational Excellence
    2445 3rd Ave. S.,
    Seattle, WA 98134

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