Gina Badalaty, Parent of 2 kids with disabilities, Professional Blogger
Hi there, as a Lehigh Valley local with children approaching adolescents, I'd like to answer with some of the input I've received from professionals. Lehigh Career & Technical Institute is a school that comes highly recommended. They have many prep programs, covering subjects from engineering to culinary to photography. If your child is attending a participating high school in the district, he or she can also attend LCTI free of charge. Your child can attend half or full days, starting in 9th grade. Special needs students are evaluated by the school for lab placement and may be assigned a supporting staff member to help.
If your child is struggling with transition, as well, you can enlist help from (formerly ARCH) for more formal/complex issues, and Include Me From the Start to work with the school to provide strategies to support your child.