Succeed in school and beyond.
One positive relationship can transform a student’s life. That’s why we carefully select mentors to partner with each student, their family, and educators. Together, this team supports the student and builds independence.

Project Genesis is a Transition/Vocational Service Provider approved by the Connecticut Department of Education. We are funded by school districts to provide one-on-one services aligned with Individualized Education Plans (IEP).

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that all students in the public school system who are “adversely affected” by a disability in one of the 13 categories below have access to special education or related services.

We work with any student who is eligible for an IEP, including:

  • Specific learning disability (SLD)
  • Specific learning disability (SLD)
  • Other health impairment
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Emotional disturbance
  • Speech or language impairment
  • Visual impairment, including blindness
  • Deafness
  • Hearing impairment
  • Deaf-blindness
  • Orthopedic impairment
  • Intellectual disability
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Multiple disabilities

Frequently requested services include:

  • Vocational assessment and exploration
  • Daily living and social interaction skills
  • Functional academics, like budgeting
  • Accessing community resources
  • Behavioral support and positive skill development

We are excited to now offer Distance Learning Services.

In response to COVID-19 and school closures, we have adapted our services to provide for SESS students as they continue their education from home.

We work throughout Connecticut, in both school and community settings, offering a comprehensive scope of services, including:

One-on-one in-school services for special education students, and reintegration services for special education students with behavioral difficulties returning to their public school.

Project Genesis’ education mentors can help enable success within a student’s own school by providing one-on-one academic and behavioral supports, including:

  • Curriculum modifications and tutoring

  • Development and implementation of behavioral support plans

  • Data collection and analysis

  • Transition to college for students still receiving supports from their high school.

Community-based transition supports for students entering adulthood, with an emphasis on employment readiness, independent living skills, and community engagement.

Employment ReadinessProject Genesis helps students explore their interests and develop the skills necessary to get and keep a job, including navigating the job search and application process, social and interviewing skills, timeliness and transportation, and work safety and policy compliance.

Independent LivingIn community settings, we help students develop important life skills such as cooking, cleaning, hygiene, health and nutrition, time and money management, organizational skills, communication and social skills, self-advocacy, and positive behavior strategies.

Community EngagementKnowing how to navigate one’s community is critical to becoming a full and contributing member of it. We help students learn to use public transportation, run errands like shopping and banking, access common services like the library and the doctor, find and enjoy recreational and volunteer activities, and explore housing options.

We also help students connect with adult service agencies such as the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS), Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) or Department of Developmental Services (DDS).

Our services are directed toward the all-important goal of teaching each student to become as independent as possible.

At our Annual Learning Fair, students create projects to showcase their talents, skills and dreams. It is a joyful demonstration of student empowerment and transformation—and a reminder that we can make a big difference, one person at a time.