'Strengthening a Learner's Transition to Independence'

Welcome to the MITTIN Memo

We are excited to share with you our newest one-touch navigation modules - Shop for Groceries and Walk through a Parking Lot, which are highlighted in this April issue of the MITTIN Memo. These modules, along with all the innovative digital and curricular resources in our MITTIN library, are designed specifically to strengthen independent living skills. If you have a learner who might need practice cleaning their bedroom, shopping for groceries or using a self check-out, visit mittin.org.

Thank you for your interest and support in MITTIN.

Best Regards,

Dr. Derek Cooley,

MITTIN Committee Chair

MAASE Developing Leaders

On April 12th, MAASE Developing Leaders were provided a wonderful, informative, interactive session on MITTIN by Shannon DeLora. Shannon is a Transition Consultant for the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) and supports MITTIN as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and facilitator. During this session, participants explored the new one-touch module "Use Self Check-Out," engaged in a structured dialogue on possible future topics, and shared resources to enhance current modules development. Shannon connected ancedotal stories and insights into the design cycles, development process and supplemental material construction.

More MITTIN One-Touch Modules

MITTIN continues to expand their library of modules with one-touch navigation. Two of our newly re-released modules are described below. MITTIN modules are available on STEAM, the Google Play Store or can be downloaded via a zip file at mittin.org.

Shop for


When the learner begins, they will find themselves in the grocery store. The module will task them with gathering all the groceries on their shopping list.

Instructional Steps Include:

  1. Grab the grocery cart.
  2. Review the shopping list.
  3. Gather the non refrigerated items on your list.
  4. Gather the refrigerated items on your list.
  5. Gather the frozen items on your list.
  6. Go to the self check-out area in the grocery store.

Walk through the

Parking Lot

When the learner begins the module, they will find themselves in the parking lot. The module will task them with safely navigating to the front of the store.

Instructional Steps Include:

1.Walk down the lane up to the crosswalk:

  • Avoid car pulling out.

2.Look both ways down the driveway.

3.Wait for a large enough break in traffic.

4.Cross the driveway while you:

  • Stay within the crosswalk.
  • Cross completely to the front of the store.

Upcoming Implementation, Engagements & Events

MITTIN Calendar:

April 17, 2023

@ MITTIN Virtual PLC

April 18, 2023

@ UPrep - MITTIN Field Trip

Detroit, Michigan

May 8, 2023

@ Region IV Playdate AV

Washtenaw ISD

What is MITTIN?

MITTIN – MIchigan Transition To INdependence is a dynamic collection of modules and curricular resources which foster the development of independent living skills in the home and community. Designed to support special education transition-related instruction, these resources are free and available to for all parents, schools, educators and learners in Michigan. MITTIN is a partnership of the Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education (MAASE), Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC), Great Lakes Reality Labs (GLRL) and Public Policy Associates (PPA). These resources can be found at: mittin.org

Safety and Independence at Home

MITTIN currently has seven topics which focus on strengthening skills which promote safety and independence at home. 

  • Change a Light Bulb
  • Clean Flat Surfaces
  • Clean the Bedroom
  • Put Away Groceries
  • Use a Microwave
  • Use an Oven
  • Use a Stove

Safety and Independence in the Community

MITTIN currently has four topics which focus on strengthening skills which promote safety and independence in the community.

  • Cross the Street 
  • Shop for Groceries
  • Walk Through a Parking Lot
  • Use Self-Checkout
For more information, visit our website:  mittin.org