My name is Carlos Mendez and I am a transition teacher within the ACCESS Program at TSD. I have worked at TSD since 2008 and am exciting to work with current and new students this year! 

It is my belief as a deaf education teacher to prepare students for the changing social, technical, and economic world in which they live and work. My role in the classroom is to help students develop their abilities and skills necessary for the betterment of each individual and to watch them grow to their full potential. Therefore, empowering students is the key to help them become more independent, productive, and contributing citizens toward taking ownership of their future. The impact of empowerment helps students to not only develop daily living skills and achieve success in work, but to also become open-minded, unstoppable owners of their lives. 

Adult Living Skills

Social and Leisure Skills

Employment Skills

Home Management

Money Management





Community Resources

  • Your Basic Legal Rights and Responsibilities
  • Leisure Activities
  • Organizational Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Resiliency Skills
  • Protect Your Privacy and Records
  • Securing Documents
  • Personal Safety
  • Food Safety
  • Home Safety
  • Fire Hazards
  • Resources for the home (deaf equipment)
  • Choosing apartments
  • Roommate situations
  • Budget Skills counting Money
  • Needs vs. Wants
  • Saving Money
  • Balancing Checkbook
  • Rent & Lease
  • Mock Bills
  • groceries planning
  • Coupons
  • Utilities Bills
  • Purchasing & getting change
  • Holiday shopping
  • Technology Protection
  • Social Media
  • Securing Passwords
  • Communication Access
  • Requesting for Services
  • Interpreters
  • Videophone Relay Services (VRS)
  • Basic Human Needs
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Medications
  • Food Choices
  • Exercise
  • Respecting Boundaries
  • Families, Friends, Co-Workers & Supervisors, Community, and Strangers
  • Handling Conflicts
  • Emergency Situations
  • Making Decisions
  • Knowing Yourself
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Self Awareness
  • Self Esteem
  • Pre-Employment Skills
  • Resumes
  • Interviews
  • Dressing
  • Developing Portfolios
  • Job Responsibilities
  • Being a Good Employee
  • Asking for Help*
  • Communication
  • Work Ethics
  • Volunteering
  • Job Opportunities
  • Employee Rights and Protection
  • Job Trainings/Education
  • Workplace Rules & Expectations
  • Transition and Community Resources
  • Transportation Service
  • Voting
  • Leisure Activities
  • Community Safety & Responsibilities
  • Emergency Services