Two Saturdays a month 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Building Lifestyles for Ongoing Opportunities & Movement (BLOOM Transition Program) is a day program that can also transition into a weeklong, overnight summer camp.
In partnership with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, BLOOM is a reverse inclusion program for adolescents with and without disabilities, focusing on transition skills, social skills, communication skills and peer interaction through sports, recreation, nutrition and leadership activities. The program focuses on the development of transition skills and healthy lifestyles designed to develop the self-determination, empowerment, overall health and leadership for adolescents in transition.
Adolescents with disabilities are each paired with a peer without a disability and together they cultivate friendships, work on social skills, foster positive attitudes, develop life-long skills and enhance their understanding and acceptance of individuals with varying backgrounds and abilities.
The following criteria will enable participants to be successful in BLOOM:
- Able to make choices independently
- Able to occupy oneself with an independent activity for 30 minutes
- Engage appropriately in conversations with adults and peers
- Communicate expressively and receptively in a classroom-type setting
- Self-advocate need for further instructions, clarification, and additional assistance when needed
- Independently care for own personal needs such as toileting, hygiene and self-feeding
- Behave appropriately in community settings
- Be independently mobile
- Communicate personal information such as name, age, address, parents’ names, phone number, etc.