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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 independent, productive, and engaged community members. The mission of the BRIDGES program is to provide learning opportunities to 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)


    BRIDGES 1 Project Search at the University of Washington

    A new non-hospital program is opening at the University of Washington Seattle campus for the 2017-18 school year and beyond.

    Project SEARCH at the University of Washington is a one-year collaborative business led internship program designed for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) who are in their last year of school-age eligibility.  The goal of the program is to link students to individualized, competitive, and integrated employment in the community. 

    Learn more about Project Search at University of Washington by clicking on this link:

    BRIDGES University at Seattle Area Community Colleges
    A new BRIDGES U program is opening for the 2017-18 school year and beyond. The goal of BRIDGES U is to give extra support to students in special education who are 18-21 years old, have not graduated yet, want to attend and succeed at a two-year college, and also want to work/volunteer.

    Learn more about BRIDGES U by clicking on this link:

    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 webpage 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 webpage.


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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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