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Tips for advocating for yourself at the college level and beyond

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College Bound

  1. 1. If a rooster lays an egg on a hill which way does it roll??
  2. 2. Roosters Don’t Lay Eggs!!!
  3. 3. A man rides into town on Friday. Stays three days then leaves again on Friday. How Is this Possible?
  4. 4. His Horse Was Named Friday
  5. 5. College Bound: How to Prepare In other words… How to get into college and then SURVIVE!
  6. 6. Reasons to go to college: <ul><li>To Get A Degree or Certificate (Diploma, Associates, Bachelor, Masters, Doctorate) </li></ul><ul><li>To learn new skills… Such as computer programs or counseling even things like Auto Repair or carpentry. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Accounting Addiction Counseling Air Traffic Control Aircraft Technician Apparel Technologies Architectural Technology Barbering Biotechnology Business Management Business Office Administration Cabinetmaking Carpentry Central Services Technician (Sterile Instrument Processing) Child Development Community Health Worker Computer Forensics Computer Software Development Computer Support and Network Administration Construction Electricity Criminal Justice Studies Culinary Arts Dental Assistant Electroneurodiagnostic Technology Electronic Publishing and Web Design Filmmaking Food Service Worker Graphic Design and Visual Communications Healthcare Core Curriculum Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Homeland Security Specialist Human Services Jewelry Gemology Jewelry Manufacturing and Repair Law Enforcement Library Information Technology Machine Tool Technology Media Production Medical Office Assistant Nursing (Practical and Registered) Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Phlebotomy Photography and Digital Imaging Polysomnographic Technology Screenwriting Sound Arts Urban Park, Recreation and Youth Development Urban Teacher Program Video and Digital Arts Welding Technician Western Clinical Herbalism
  8. 8. But I Don’t Know what I want to do!
  9. 9. You don’t have to know what you want to do when you start! That can come later! Join the crowd. Thousands of college freshmen haven't decided on a major or on a career. College gives you the opportunity to learn more about what's out there. You'll be exposed to a variety of academic subjects, people, and new perspectives.
  10. 10. It Doesn't Have to Be a Four-Year College <ul><li>If you're not sure about college, or which college, consider attending a community college. Community colleges are public, two-year schools that provide an excellent education, whether you're considering an associate's degree, a certificate program, technical training, or plan to continue your studies at a four-year college. </li></ul>
  11. 11. How do I pay for it? <ul><li>Financial aid </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scholarships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work Study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student Loans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Subsidized </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Unsubsidized </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. “ But they said I can’t go to college because I have a disability”
  13. 13. Having a Disability Won’t Stop You From Succeeding! It will just provide unique challenges along the way.
  14. 14. But what happens if I need help in college? Will I have an IEP? Who will talk to my professors?
  15. 15. You won’t have an IEP but there are lots of people to help <ul><li>Students With Disabilities Office </li></ul><ul><li>Student Support Services </li></ul><ul><li>Tutoring Centers </li></ul><ul><li>Your Professors </li></ul>The most important thing is speaking up for yourself and knowing what kind of reasonable accommodations you need to be successful.
  16. 16. A reasonable accommodation is a modification or support that gives a student with a disability an equal opportunity to participate and benefit from college. Reasonable accommodations can be provided in a variety of ways. What are reasonable accommodations?
  17. 17. <ul><li>Changes to a classroom environment or task; examples might include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>extended time for an exam </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the use of a dictionary or spell checker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>materials in alternative formats (i.e. large print, audio tape, computer disk) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Removal of architectural barriers; examples might include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>adapting a classroom to meet the needs of a student who uses a wheelchair </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Exceptions to policies, practices or procedures; examples might include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>priority registration or accessing assignments early </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Provision of auxiliary aids and services; examples might include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>providing a sign language interpreter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>providing a note taker or scribe </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. High school College <ul><li>Extended testing time </li></ul><ul><li>Copy’s of teachers notes </li></ul><ul><li>Quiet space </li></ul><ul><li>Hand picked schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Testing in a separate room </li></ul><ul><li>Copies of In class presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom to come and go as I wish </li></ul><ul><li>Pick my own classes </li></ul>
  19. 19. What will some of YOUR Challenges be?
  20. 20. Things you can work on now to help you in college: <ul><li>Study Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Organization </li></ul><ul><li>Time Management </li></ul><ul><li>Team Work </li></ul>
  21. 21. There might even be a chance to access college through your current school.
  22. 22. HOW TO MAKE THE TRANSITION TO COLLEGE <ul><li>Take control of your own education: think of yourself as a scholar. </li></ul><ul><li>Get to know your professors; they are your single greatest resource. </li></ul><ul><li>Be assertive. Create your own support systems, and seek help when you realize you may need it. </li></ul><ul><li>Take control of your time. Plan ahead to satisfy academic obligations and make room for everything else. </li></ul><ul><li>Stretch yourself: enroll in at least one course that really challenges you. </li></ul><ul><li>Make thoughtful decisions: don't take a course just to satisfy a requirement, and don't drop any course too quickly. </li></ul><ul><li>Think beyond the moment: set goals for the semester, the year, your college career. </li></ul>