Postsecondary Academics

College & Postsecondary Opps- Books & Directories

There are a handful of directories that help families research colleges and other options for students with disabilities - mostly focused on learning disabilities. If there was a comprehensive book or resource for all students with disabilities - What would you want included? What information or content would help you find and choose colleges and programs? Open to all ideas and input-- think wish-list, dream resource, ...more »

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Building Self- Determination

Failing with Success

Youth with disabilities have the right to fail just like their peers without disabilities. Failing with success means that youth with disabilities are provided with the opportunity to problem-solve the failure, identify next steps, and follow-through on next steps. Finally, there is an evaluation on progress. This is one critical aspect of self-determination. Our failures count, but our responses to our failures weigh ...more »

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Preparing for Employment

Internships

I have first-hand knowledge that youth with disabilities benefit from internships that are managed by agencies that ascribe to the Independent Living Philosophy. Youth benefit from being taken through a pre-employment skill building internship that has imbedded supports, and lessons on professional communication, disability history, peer support, meeting deadlines, and learning to fail with success

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Postsecondary Academics

Connecting with Parents

As the director of a two-tear technical school (Southwestern Institute for Technology) I am interested in hearing what parents of students with disabilities are looking for in a post-secondary school. Southwestern Institute for Technology offers a Specialized Technology Diploma in Welding, Mechatronics, and Machine Tool Technology. I can be contacted at tsmith@wactc.net

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Postsecondary Academics

I.C.E. Grant & other Post Secondary Programs

ICE programs should be in all state and community colleges, and include a mentoring piece to assist students with intellectual disabilities. They should also go beyond the age of 22. Because it takes people that have intellectual disabilities longer to learn things. At this age, young adults listen better and follow the advice of their peers vs their parents. Mentors could assist with teaching and modeling self-advocacy ...more »

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Building Self- Determination

Early Transition

The time for transition starts early. The earlier the better. I don't think that concept is conveyed to parents early enough. If your child is in kindergarten, you're preparing them for the end goal-to be a independent adult within the community. Happy, fulfilled and engaged. Sometimes parents are relying on schools to help start the process and that doesn't always happen. Beginning transition planning at the onset sets ...more »

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Access, Equity & Accommodations

Rural Minority Students

State VR and disability related (Independent Living, center of visually impaired, etc) do not travel to remote villages in Alaska, no outreach efforts, no contact with Alaska Native population. No roads to AK villages must travel by airplane only. Will not send application until student goes to their offices to be interviewed but no application. Called Client Assistance Program, with no assistance. School is not preparing ...more »

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Transition

The best way to support these parents is to create long term post sec transition programs where life skills AND academics are balanced in the day. The students should remain in school until 21 and the academics reduced so life skills training can be implemented. Many academically capable, but still substantially disabled students are pushed out at 18 before the life skills can happen. Or they are provided LS AFTER academics ...more »

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Using Technology

Supported Program

Bethesda College at Concordia University is a post-secondary program that supports students with disabilities. Students use their smartphones to manage much of their responsibilities as college students.

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Recruit Students with Disabilities

Wouldn't it be nice if colleges and universities actually recruited students with disabilities just as they do now for athletes? I know, you're all smiling at that one, but seriously: Not only are athletes pursued by multiple colleges, they receive special scholarships, and colleges are sometimes willing to go to great lengths to create supports for them. If postsecondary institutions had an incentive, were rewarded ...more »

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