About The Transition Academy

About

Founded in 2019, The Transition Academy (TTA) is a nonprofit organization created to improve postsecondary outcomes for high school special education students in Kansas City Public Schools and charter schools. TTA supports young people with autism or developmental disabilities explore college or career options as they prepare to transition from school to life as an adult. 

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What The Transition Academy Offers

HIGHER EDUCATION

Connect to a robust network of resources beyond high school

CAREER PLANNING

Explore opportunities for meaningful work and consider the possibilities 

LIFE SKILLS

Learn about services, benefits, and support systems available to your and your child

Meet Kim Riley – founder, executive director, and mom

Hi. My name is Kim Riley and I’m the founder and executive director of The Transition Academy – college and career planning center for youth with disabilities. Our mission is to make economic inclusion a reality for youth with disabilities, especially for young people of color who have historically been failed by systems.

I am also a mom of a young adult son who was not adequately prepared to be successful after high school. I designed this organization as a solution to this problem impacting our family as well as others like ours.

For far too long, parents of youth with disabilities have described life after high school as “falling off a cliff.” These feelings of dread are due to the fact that the preschool to high school process is easy to follow. But life after high school is a different story. And the systems (i.e. employment, benefits) are confusing. In fact, it seems like you need a secret knock and password to understand what employment and benefits opportunities are available and match you or your child’s interests. We, at The Transition Academy, believe every youth of every ability level deserves the right to live a happy and productive life.

I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.

– Booker T. Washington

LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL PLANNING

COLLEGE TOURS

SPED TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

JOB TRAINING TOURS

PARENT/CARETAKER ADVOCACY TRAINING

INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS AND DAY PROGRAMS

Enroll Today!

Transitioning from high school to college or a job can be overwhelming. But you are not alone. The Transition Academy is here to help you figure out the next steps to take.