Serving Students with Learning Differences and Disabilities

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IACAC Summer Institute 2012
Julie Smith

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Serving Students with Learning Differences and Disabilities

  1. 1. Visions of Post-Secondary Education• Julie SmithTransition Specialist
  2. 2. COLLEGE
  3. 3. Life Long Learning Alternative Work Post- Secondary2 year POST HIGH TechnicalCollege SCHOOL School 4 Year College Community College Apprenticeships
  4. 4.  What kind of skills do you need in order to be successful in college? ◦ Strong self motivation in college prep courses ◦ A full scale I.Q. in the average range of intelligence ◦ Solid ability to understand verbal concepts and symbols and to communicate ideas and thoughts both orally and in writing ◦ Understanding of your learning style, including an awareness of your academic strengths and weaknesses ◦ Ability to function independently in the academic environment
  5. 5.  IDEA  ADA ◦ Schools’ ◦ Individual responsibility Responsibility ◦ LRE, quality and free ◦ Focus on accommodations ◦ Individualized ◦ Focus on Planning and related nondiscrimination services and undue hardship ◦ Applies until student ◦ No link between graduates of reaches federal funds and age of 22 compliance with the ◦ Transition services law
  6. 6.  No IEP No IDEA, working under ADA and 504 regulations Pay for services Students must self identify
  7. 7.  Understand the disability and needs Understand the student’s strengths and how he/she learns best What strategies are beneficial Practice becoming a self advocate Know your rights!
  8. 8.  Encourage student to be active in the IEP process and other decision making situation Help student identify future goals or desired outcomes Develop a list of strengths and areas of need Develop a list of accommodations Understand learning styles
  9. 9.  For students with disabilities, decision making is complicated by limited choices and the tendency for others to tell the student what to do.
  10. 10.  Should you disclose? How? ◦ Personal Statement  accommodations student has used  what made the student successful  examples from CHOICES booklet Be careful to not “over-disclose” Talk with your counselor and/or Transition Counselor to discuss how and what to disclose
  11. 11.  At most schools you need to meet the admissions requirements to be accepted. After you are accepted you work through the disability support centers to gain accommodations.
  12. 12.  In order to get accommodations, you need to provide the school or program with documentation of the disability ◦ Sign off on consent to disclose ◦ Ask Case Manager/Transition Coordinator to send the documents directly to the school ◦ Private testing? ◦ Remember that students files are held by the the district for 5 years after graduation
  13. 13.  Case Management Model – Schools work on an individual basis with students to insure success. Services Model – School provides appropriate accommodations for students based on their needs.
  14. 14.  Decisions regarding the exact accommodations are made on an individual basis. College selects the services Colleges are not required to provide aides, services or devices for personal use or study Requirements for graduation are the same as general population.
  15. 15.  UW – Oshkosh (Project Success) UW- Whitewater (Project Assist) Southern Illinois University (Achieve Program) Lynn (Comprehensive Support Program) Loras (Learning Disabilities Program) University of Arizona (SALT Program) U of Indianapolis (BUILD) Vincennes University (STEP) Lincoln College
  16. 16.  Landmark – specifically for students with LD or ADHD Beacon – specifically for students with LD
  17. 17.  University of Wisconsin - Whitewater University of Illinois University of Wisconsin – Madison Purdue University of Arizona
  18. 18.  College of Lake County, Harper, Oakton Offer a variety of programs both technical and academic All schools have offices for students with disability Remedial classes are sometimes necessary Some students will not be eligible for CC coursework
  19. 19.  Vincennes (STEP Program) Lincoln (ADHD) also good for LD Ferris State (some two year programs) Kirkwood
  20. 20. Some programs focus on basic skills review and reinforcement of independent life skills. usually have their own contained facility or separate facilities on traditional campuses. strong vocational component. An experiential approach to skill building and vocational planning leads to non-degree status upon graduation from the program. These programs are designed to accommodate students whose options may not include traditional college
  21. 21.  PACE Program (National Louis) ELSA (Elmhurst College) Career Foundations (Harper College) Personal Success Program (College of Lake County)
  22. 22.  Chapel Haven; Westville, Conn. Lesley College- Threshold Program; Cambridge, MA Life Development Institute; Phoenix, AZ Minnesota Life College; Richfield, MN New York Institute of Technology - VIP Program; Riverview School - GROW Program; East Sandwich, MA Univ. of Alabama - Birmingham; Horizon Program. Supported School to Work Transition Program, Lewis and Clark Community College., Godfrey, Il Reach Program, University of Iowa
  23. 23.  A good choice for students with special needs? ◦ More “hands on” programs ◦ Requirements vary but most require subject based tests to assess potential for success in the chosen program ◦ Most schools require a similar work ethic and academic component as college ◦ Many do not offer anything more than mandated accommodations
  24. 24.  Community College Certificate Programs Certificate programs are also available through vocational programs that are not taught in a community college, such as through adult education programs or specialized vocational schools. In addition, some high schools offer vocational classes to adults.
  25. 25.  Environmental Technical Institute (ETI) Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Full Sail Flash Point Academy Aveda Institute Pivot Point Academy Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago (CHIC) ORT Institute
  26. 26.  Usually held on campus and give students a “feel” for what college is like Both academic and social components Not always limited to graduating seniors or students who have been accepted to the college
  27. 27.  College Living Experience (CLE) -The CLE Summer Program Denver, CO Colorado Mountain College (CMC) Summer College-Prep Program Alpine ADVANTAGE Steamboat Springs, CO George Washington University - The GW Summer Scholars Washington D.C. St. Ambrose University - Davenport, IA Curry College -The Learning Academy Milton, MA Landmark School -Preparatory Summer Program Prides Crossing, MA, South Putney, VT Southern Illinois University -Carbondale, ILOther programs can be found in Naviance
  28. 28.  Keep the students interest in mind Do not set the student up for failure Apply to a range of programs Research Campus/Site visits Know how student learns and operates Help the student to make smart decisions regarding college
  29. 29.  CHOICES Fair www.postsecondarychoices.org OPTIONS Fair Transition Coordinator Naviance/CareerCruising College and Career Center College Visits/Internet Exploration Heath Center http://www.heath.gwu.edu Glenbrook Transition Website www.glenbrooktransition.org

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