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The Experience at LifeTown

Beginning in kindergarten, students practice pedestrian safety using real traffic lights and interacting with volunteer police officers. They make their first bank withdrawal and purchases with real money in one of our nine venues. 

As students master the foundational concepts, they will graduate to more complex lessons such as learning to socialize with and care for others, managing one's own doctor's visits, or making and keeping appointments.

For students in middle and high school, they will contemplate community employment and how to successfully apply, and interview for positions.

LifeTown is a 5,000 sq. ft. functioning city that was developed by special education professionals and designed to encourage the building of transition skills. Unlike the real world, there is no hurry and skills can be practiced over, and over again. It is a safe, nurturing environment where students can learn while having fun!

Teachers select each student's LifeTown lesson based on the needs being addressed in the student's IEP, choosing from a cohesive, evidence-based model for life skills development designed to improve competencies in three required areas of transition skills:


Personal & Social

Independent Living


Satisfying the Ohio Department of Education's requirements for transition planning can be extremely challenging-for teachers and for school districts. LifeTown is a unique, valuable resource for Special Educators that can make that daunting process a whole lot easier.

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