The HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Program supports the development of school-based social and community life skills activities designed to meet the needs of ASD High School Students.  Structured in the form of a grant, the Foundation encourages High School ESE Departments to create school-based programs that provide opportunities year-round for Social, Independence, Community and Personal Development to teens who have Developmental Disabilities within this population.  The recipients of the BRIDGES Grant can accomplish this by incorporating various community based-field trips to local businesses who are poised to provide potential future employment, life skills development initiatives such as establishing bank accounts, shopping opportunities, learning about transportation options, and social skills opportunities during the school year that allow for the inclusion of these students to typical high school activities such as Homecoming, Football Games, Prom, and many others.  These are conduits to building better communication tools, peer mentoring, fostering friendships, and preparation for life after high school, including post-secondary.

HDS BRIDGES GRANT

The HDS Foundation provides Grant Opportunities to candidate Programs that meet the criteria of the BRIDGES Program goals. One or more Grants may be issued per year. For more information on the HDS BRIDGES Grant, you can access the program requirements here.

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B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Has a Fang-tastic Halloween!

B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Has a Fang-tastic Halloween!

The B.R.I.D.G.E.S students let the ghoul times roll this past Friday evening celebrating Halloween as they dressed up in costumes and decorated their parent’s car with spiders, ghosts, and goblins. To add to the spooky fun, we also had balloons, candy, and music!...

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Where There’s a Whisk, There’s a Way!

Where There’s a Whisk, There’s a Way!

The HDS Foundation B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Program is always keeping things fun and exciting when it comes to our Community Based Instruction (CBI) activities. Now that we have been virtual, it’s important to keep our mission alive guiding the students to independent living...

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Homestead Parent Meeting Was a SUCCESS!

Homestead Parent Meeting Was a SUCCESS!

Last night, the HDS Foundation hosted a successful Parent Meeting with our Homestead Senior High School BRIDGES (Self-Determination Class).  We were happy to have the opportunity to meet the parents and share the programs and resources the foundation has to offer. The...

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B.R.I.D.G.E.S. the Builders

B.R.I.D.G.E.S. the Builders

The B.R.I.D.G.E.S Builders participated in a fun Community Based Instruction (CBI) activity last Friday, when they all were able to show their building skills as they all built a birdhouse together. Facilitators, Kathy Gorman-Gard and Donna Mansolillo began the CBI...

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HDS Foundation Recorded Zoom Parent Meeting

If you were not able to attend the parent meeting, or if you would like to learn more about the HDS Foundation mission and the programs we provide, please watch the video above. The video is a recording from our most recent Zoom Parent Meeting with the Cypress Bay...

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B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Parent Zoom Meeting

B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Parent Zoom Meeting

The HDS Foundation B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Parent Meeting was a SUCCESS! Our board members kicked the meeting off by introducing themselves and sharing their overview on how the program has grown over the years. After the introductions were made, our President and Chairman,...

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