PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Western Wayne Skill Center (WWSC) is a school that emphasizes  the Universal Life Skills Curriculum, community based instruction,  career awareness and special education work experience.   The program is designed to prepare students for the adult life roles of family member, worker, involved citizen and recreation consumer and provides full day educational programs for post-secondary students with disabilities to the age of twenty-six.  It is available to students living within the school districts served by the Western Wayne Region who are certified as eligible for special education.  Transportation for students attending the Western Wayne Skill Center is arranged and provided by the resident school district.

The major emphasis of the program is on learning universal life and employability skills rather than specific technical training.  Classes are designed to be as close to an actual work setting as possible; many are actually out in a community setting, or have a community component for the class. Functional skills are emphasized.  The functional academic approach is demonstration and "hands-on" whenever possible.  The school is designed to be a transition program for independent living,  rather than a pure academic school.

Special education work experiences and career awareness are provided through a number of  classroom and community experiences.

We encourage parent involvement. Opportunities are made available for parents to provide input on issues related to program design, procedures, and curriculum.  There are numerous ways parents may get involved such as Student Activity Nights, Don Nicholson Charity Car Show, Individual Education Program Team Meetings, Parent Conferences, Annual Open House, County PAC Meetings, and ARC Parent Nights.

The Western Wayne Skill Center is funded through Wayne County via the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency.  The school program is administered through Livonia Public Schools. Our staff  includes highly qualified teachers, highly skilled paraprofessionals, licensed educational support staff (occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, psychologist, social worker, transition specialists) and specialized office staff.