Throughout the years, MHS has responded to the changing medical needs of children and young adults in MA and continues to be a model program nationally. Currently, MHS educates approximately 87 students from 58 MA communities. Since 2003, about 10-17 students have graduated each year. At age 22, young adults with disabilities transition from students to emergent adults living in the community. Students graduating from the Massachusetts Hospital School (MHS) are faced with opportunities and choices with respect to how and where they will live, work, study, socialize and receive ongoing medical care. In order to understand how well current transitional services prepare graduates for community living and inclusion, MHS administrators contracted with the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Graduate Program in Applied Sociology to interview alumni about their experiences, thoughts, and perspectives.
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Schutt, Russell, "Massachusetts Hospital School Program Evaluation Enhancing Transition to the Community" (2014). Office of Community Partnerships Posters. 260.