Transition Center and Vocational Programs
The Transition Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program is located in La Grange Park. The Transition Center Program provides students additional supports after completing the traditional educational requirements. Services provided to the students include licensed teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing, sign language interpreters, signing aides, vocational supports, behavior supports, speech and language training, academic guidance counselors, transition services, extra-curricular activities, and access to all supports and programs available within the high school.
The LaGrange Area Department of Special Education Deaf and Hard of Hearing Transition students grow, maintain and sell house plants with their microbusiness, Deaf Thumbs.
Our L.A.D.S.E. DHH Transition students focus on independence with life, vocational and educational skills in the community. We are proud of the work they put in this Fall and just like our plants they continue to grow and thrive everyday.
The Vocational Program trains students to develop work skills by offering work experience both inside and outside Hinsdale South High School. The vocational program consists of a variety of work sites. While at Hinsdale South, students work in the recycling program and cleaning in the cafeteria. They may also go into the community to a variety of employers. Students work in libraries, preschools, hospitals, hotels, and other local businesses. While at the Transition Center students are all placed within the community and linked to adult services to assist them with completing their transition to adult life. These real-life work experiences are supported by job coaches, interpreters, and aides, and provide students with the skills they need for their future.