About Us

With a combined 40 years of experience working with students with disabilities, the Life Transition Skills, Inc. team saw a real need throughout the Greater Gainesville region for quality programs to assist teens and adults with disabilities.

 

Gainesville Special Education Guru, Abijah Bertrand (1980-2019), organized a talented team of individuals to help create programs that provide meaningful, purposeful services and activities for semi-independent adults with disabilities. Over the last several years, the LTS team has created customized programs  specifically for this population, including:

 

  • Our very popular Summer Camp that meets from June-July and provides adults with disabilities the opportunity to learn and grow;

  • Our Gainesville Buddies program, a social club that meets bi-monthly and provides adults with disabilities the opportunity to socialize and improve in regards to social & communication skills;

  • Our Life Academy program, which is a 10-month, 2-semester day program that closely mirrors the Alachua County Public School calendar;

  • Our On the Job Training, Employment Services, and Supported Employment programs, all of which help place disabled teens and adults in jobs based on their interests.

To learn more about the programs and services we offer, please visit the Programs & Services tab.

 

Note: all staff on the LTS team have received a background screening.

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Our Mission

Here at LTS, we aim to develop and empower adults with intellectual differences in achieving their full physical, emotional, intellectual, and social potential as individuals and as independent, responsible citizens of
their local communities.

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Our Founder

Abijah Bertrand (1980-2019​) was a man who was filled with a tenacious heart, passion, and spirit for serving individuals with disabilities in the Gainesville, FL community. He strived to help others reach their full potential, and he did so with a compassionate heart.

 

With over 40 years of combined experience and service with the disabled community, Abijah and Percyette Hoskins founded Life Transition Skills, Inc. Their mission was simple: help develop and empower adults with intellectual disabilities in achieving their full physical, emotional, intellectual, and social potential.

 

As Life Transition Skills, Inc. continues to grow, we will honor Abijah Bertrand’s legacy by fulfilling his mission and vision of serving and helping persons with disabilities with his same passion.

Our Programs

The Life Academy

Our adult day academy, teaching skills to improve independence

On the Job Training

Job Training opportunities for teenagers ages 14-22
 

Supported Employment

Employment Services & Supported Employment for disabled adults

Summer Programs

A fun and exciting summer camp through The Life Academy

Our Team

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Executive Director

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Percyette Hoskins

Co-Founder/Program Supervisor

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Jamea George

Secretary

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Keisha Roberts

Lead Teacher

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Johnathan Hamilton Jr.

Teacher's Aid

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Michelle Ropp

Supported Employment Specialist

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LaShon Young

Supported Employment Specialist

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Tonja Pressley

OJT & Supported Employment Specialist

Board of Directors

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Steven Szanca

Chairman

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Debbie Hawkins

Officer

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Alba Henesy

Vice President

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Lori Glenn

Treasurer

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Virginia McCormac

Officer

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Hayden Wygant

Officer