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Transition, Education and Employment Model


TEEM Projects

TEEM projects use a person-centered approach to offer persons with disabilities a comprehensive set of services, supports, and opportunities that will enable them to develop the skills needed to increase their independence, lead productive lives, and participate in the community as adults. TEEM provides opportunities for persons with disabilities to increase self-esteem, acquire life skills, develop effective communication, obtain vocational and job skills, enhance interpersonal relationships, enjoy social leisure activities, practice money management and strengthen problem-solving abilities.

TEEM has several components, including: Swank, Employment Services, Pathways for Life, and the Career and Life Studies Certificate (CLSC) program.


Career and Life Studies Certificate (CLSC)

CLSC is a comprehensive, inclusive and customized postsecondary education programs for students with developmental and intellectual disabilities. It will serve those who desire more than a high school certificate or diploma, but who are not otherwise qualified for traditional postsecondary education programs and who require additional services and supports to succeed in furthering their education. More...

Swank Employment Services

The goal of Swank Employment Services is to develop job skills, vocational training, and employment opportunities for people with disabilities at the University of Delaware and in the surrounding community. Services include vocational evaluations, career exploration, job skills training, work readiness skills classes, job site accommodations, job coaching, 13-week internships, and real work experiences. More information  Employment Services Brochure   A Transition Guide for Parents

National Core Indicators

CDS is collaborating with the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDDS) to conduct the National Core Indicators (NCI) survey, which assesses services provided to individuals with developmental disabilities throughout the state. The surveys will be conducted by UD graduate and undergraduate students and people with developmental disabilities. NCI was developed by the Human Services Research Institute and the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services. Currently, 36 states participate in the survey. All survey responses are entered into a national database, which allows states to compare data and establish national benchmarks for services for people with developmental disabilities.

Pathways for Life

Pathways for Life gives young adults opportunities to develop skills needed to increase their independence and capacity to successfully transition into adulthood. Personal goals are identified and an individualized action plan is created based on the four themes of the program: community connections, independent living skills, life skills, and self-determination. The university campus, community, home environment, and neighborhood serve as a training ground for the programs – a classroom without walls. Fact sheet

Options available within Pathways for Life are:

  • Coaching, which provides encouragement, instruction, information, and guidance to young adults.
  • Community Connectors, which provides participants with opportunities to learn leadership skills while socializing and connecting with their peers and community. Fact sheet     Connectors in the news


TEEM in delAware

The theme of the Summer 2010 issue of delAware is transition. It includes articles about TEEM programs.


For more information

Brian Freedman
(302) 831-4688