About the Bridge Program

  • About:

    Postsecondary education is an exciting opportunity for all young adults, including those with disabilities.  Learning and earning go hand-in-hand.  Hinsdale District 86 recognizes that the transition from IDEA supports to ADA supports can be challenging for young adults to independently manage and navigate.  Bridge program staff are here to help program participants to increase executive functioning skills, break-down coursework, and gain the skills necessary to successfully navigate and utilize post-secondary supports and services while continuing to receive academic interventions to assist in course placement.  Services will be provided both on the COD campus as well as the Bridge program location.



    The Bridge program looks to provide young adults with continued special education intervention, services, and supports designed to increase student success in post-secondary academic areas.



    • Executive Functioning: managing schedules, managing course expectations and deadlines, managing testing schedules;
    • Navigating and Accessing COD Campus:  learning COD campus, locating offices, locating classes, locating essential areas such as: library, cafeteria, student center, counseling offices, academic support centers;
    • Socialization: finding opportunities to socially engage with peers, signing up for social opportunities;
    • Transportation: understanding and using PACE and/or Metra;
    • Academic Intervention: continued opportunity and exposure to programs and interventions designed to increase academic skills necessary for accredited college coursework.