Presentation on theme: "Texas Consortium for Post Secondary Opportunities for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 2014."— Presentation transcript:
1Texas Consortium for Post Secondary Opportunities for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities2014
2PSO/IDD Project started Fall 2012 Post Secondary Opportunities for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities ProjectPSO/IDD Project started Fall 2012Austin Community College STEPS programAustin Independent School District Special Education Advisory CommitteeDown Syndrome Association of Central TexasTexas Center for Disability Studies at the University of Texas at Austin
3PSO/IDD Project Mission The mission of the Post Secondary Opportunities for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Project is to build a collaboration between organizations that have or support post secondary opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to raise awareness of existing programs available in Central Texas and build support for their expansion and the creation of new programs that lead to life-long learning and meaningful, gainful employment.
4PSO/IDD Project GoalsRaise awareness of post secondary opportunities in the community.Raise awareness of programs across the country for students with IDD’s.Learn interest level from community in post secondary opportunities.Identify subject areas that are of interest to the community.Identify potential obstacles to attending post secondary programs.Develop support for existing programs and their expansion and the creation of new programs.Develop community partnerships with organizations.
5Community Forum – Austin, Texas The primary purpose of the community forum was to achieve some of the PSO/IDD Project goals by sharing information with the community on available post secondary opportunities and to collect data on interest level from community on continuing education after high school for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
6Community Forum General overview of post secondary opportunities DSACT adult program presentationACC STEPS program presentationFocus groups
7Support from the 83rd Texas Legislature 2013 Senate and House of Representatives Proclamations of Support for Post Secondary Opportunities for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.Sponsors:Senator Judith ZaffiriniRepresentative Elliot Naishtat
8National Down Syndrome Society Grant The National Down Syndrome Society awarded the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas a grant of $10,000 to support the mission and goals of the PSO/IDD Project.
9PSO/IDD Project Presentations Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative ServicesDepartment of Aging and Disability ServicesTexas Education Agency – Texas Special Education Continuing Advisory CommitteeTexas Education Agency Education Service CentersTexas Education Agency Education Service Center Region XIII 18+ Network
10Texas Consortium for Post Secondary Opportunities for People with Intellectual and Developmental DisabilitiesAustin Community College STEPS programDown Syndrome Association of Central TexasHouston Community College VAST AcademyTexas Center for Disability Studies at the University of Texas at AustinTexas Tech Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research
11Texas Consortium Mission The mission of the Texas Consortium for Post Secondary Opportunities for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is to collaborate with organizations that have programs or are interested in creating programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to promote post secondary opportunities throughout Texas that lead to life-long learning and meaningful, gainful employment.
12Texas Consortium 2014 Goals Present at conferences across the state.Organize community forums and educator events in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth area, Houston, and San Antonio.Seek funding opportunities for the expansion of existing programs and the creation of new programs in all regions of Texas.Advocate for legislation at the Texas Legislature that will create funding opportunities for programs across the state.
13Contact informationGerard JimenezBoard of DirectorsProgram Director & Government Affairs DirectorDown Syndrome Association of Central TexasCo-ChairTexas Down Syndrome Advocacy CoalitionAustin Independent School District Special Education Advisory CommitteeTexas Center for Disability Studies at the University of Texas at Austin
14College Opportnuities Jon Pierce-Shimomura, Ph.D. For Adults with IDDJon Pierce-Shimomura, Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Texas at Austin (UT)Director of Adult EducationDown Syndrome Association of Central Texas (DSACT)Gerard JimenezBoard of DirectorsProgram DirectorGovernment Affairs DirectorDown Syndrome Association of Central Texas (DSACT)Thank you for inviting us to describe our new education program for adults with intellectual disability. We’re very excited to tell people about this since it appears to be the first of its kind. For those who don’t know me, I became interested in DS once my first-born son was born with this condition 12 years ago.DSACT
15Inclusion for people with IDD People with Intellectual Disabilities and Developmental (IDD) are part of our society but were commonly excluded from educational, job and social opportunities.Inclusion is now common for K-12 educationIDEA: guaranteesIndividualized Education Plan (IEP)Inclusion is not yet common for postsecondary educationADA: must self advocate, only prevents discrimination due to disabilityInclusion is still uncommon for employment opportunities for adults with ID, partly due to a lack of postsecondary education
16University of Texas Informal Classes Aimed at Adults with IDD Door opened here
17Informal Classes at UT Social Time Interactive class We founded and led innovative a 6-week evening courses for adults with DS on our campus. Each semester, twelve-15 adults with DS were recruited to learn alongside 5 UT students topics appropriate for college level. Once a week, the students socialized at a campus café before engaging in an interactive discussion on a topic and finally performing hands-on research lessons in my teaching lab. Cutting edge topics were included to engage students with and without DS. Students with DS gave oral presentations on their research at the conclusion of each semester to family members and guests.Thanks to DSACT, Gerard Jimenez, Allison Griffith, Josh Russell, Laura Ferguson, Kylie Huckleberry, Sarah Nordquist, Rose Stewart, Liz Cronin and dozens of UT undergraduate students
18Hands-on Learning and Fun!! Informal Classes at UTHands-on Learning and Fun!!We covered a whole range of topics appropriate for college-level from how our senses work at the molecular level to even classes on culture where I taught them how to make sushi and write Japanese vowels. This semester, we’re offering a remedial class on practical math as well as a reverse-inclusion class on drug discovery where students learn about the medicines they take and help my lab with original research on drug screening.Topics:Our sensesAlcohol & drugs on the brainParkinson’s diseaseAmazing animalsDrug discoveryMath for everyday livingJapanese language & cultureSpanish food & culture
19Logistics for UT Informal Classes Once per week for six consecutive weeks 5:30-8:00pmRespite for families27th St.Guadalupe StWhitis AveUniversity AveWichita StSpeedway27th St Parking GarageSpeedway Parking GarageDean KeetonTo I-35XLittlefield café patio meeting placeEntrance to seminar rooms and teaching labDrop off parking
20Growth of UT Informal Classes Aimed at Adults with IDD Students served per yearUT Informal classesWith the support of our Dept Neurosci and DSACT, we have grown our class series to serve up to 200 students per year. Starting this year, we formed our official relation with UT Informal Classes to provide at least 4 reverse-inclusion classes per semester. Thanks to DSACT, we offer full scholarships for those with DS and others with financial hardship. Similar programs, like one at UCLA, cost over $30k per year!! We have also instituted year-round weekly book clubs to encourage reading ability at convenient neighborhood coffeeshops starting in 2011 for adults with DS.YearDSACT
21Employment Opportunities for Adults with IDD Cory GentryLab Assistant Class I20 hours per weekNeuroscience laboratoryUniversity of Texas at Austin
22Goals Achieved for UT Informal Classes Foster high expectations:Self-image as UT studentExpand expectations of student in eyes of family and friendsBuild self-confidence:Hesitant, but soon tried hands-on activities and participated in discussion -- obviously enjoying taste of college lifeProvide important time away from family and vice versaSocialization:Practice appropriate conversation and body language with peers with and without IDD -- key for employabilityProvide critical time for UT students in medical or education fields to truly get to know people with IDDBroader goals:Life-long education on college campusMaintain affordability ($120) and thus sustainability
23Near Future for UT Informal Classes Integration with career development:Identify employment strengths and desired jobsVocational and remedial classes on math, reading, writing and social interactionOffer numerous courses to allow true self-determinationAdditional opportunities for inclusive campus membership with typical UT students:Inclusion program for existing Informal Classes at UTInteraction with social groups: Best Buddies, Texas Lassos, Dean’s Scholars, etc…Audit formal UT classesSustainability for expansion:School district funding as part of transition programQualify program for use of Federal Student AidFund raisingIn the near future, we are aiming to expand and improve our program following the nationally accepted criteria derived by Think College Standards for Inclusive Higher Education.
24Skills, Training and Education for Personal Success STEPS ProgramSkills, Training and Education for Personal Success
25The STEPS ProgramUnique program for adults whose abilities may prevent participation in traditional adult educationThe STEPS Program fosters student success by preparing students for job readiness through a specialized curriculum
26About Our Program Up to 2 year program Focus on supporting student success and job readinessLesson plans are personalized based on each student's needsUpon completion, students go onto take adult education courses, certification courses, sit for the COMPASS test or become gainfully employed
27Our Classes Technology Skills Clerical Skills Retail Skills Academic SkillsWorkforce DevelopmentSocial Skills for Life and WorkBusiness MathematicsOur Classes
28Technology Skills Students gain skills in internet use, Microsoft 2010 Applications and basic research skills.Students are taught at their own pace,layering additional information each semester.
29Clerical SkillsStudents learn appropriate business etiquette in addition to typing skills, use of office equipment, building a resume and cover letter and learning to interview.Each Wednesday students participate in Dress for Success!
30Retail SkillsRetail skills develops customer service skills, use of a cash register and money managementStudents learn appropriate workplace behavior and how to deal with stressful situations in a healthy way.
31Academic SkillsStudents learn reading, writing and math skills, starting at each student's individual levelCurriculum focus' heavily on reading comprehension and functional mathematicsMajority of students increase academic skills one grade level each semester
32Social Skills for Life and Work During this class students receive hands on experience practicing appropriate workplace social skills.Students develop conversation skills, relationship skills, public speaking, dealing with stressful situations as well as learn self - advocacy skills.
33Adapted Business Mathematics Students interested in business and retail enjoy the supportive challenge of Business Mathematics.Students learn how to calculate percentages and taxes in addition to creating a budget for home and work. Students learn at their own pace and get a comprehensive experience in business mathematics
34Workforce Development Students who are getting ready to graduate can take the Workforce Development ClassStudents learn job readiness skills such as:Finding jobs they qualify forApplying for jobsPreparing for the first interviewCreating a targeted resume and cover letterVolunteeringStudents are supported through the job search, interview and hire process
35Continuing Education Courses Administrative Assistant SeriesChild CareIntro to WordIntermediate WordAdvanced WordIntro to ExcelIntermediate ExcelAdvanced ExcelSign LanguageIntro to PowerPointIntermediate PowerPointAdvanced PowerPointEvent planningFundamentals of PC UseCreative WritingDrawingCertified Nurses AidMedical TerminologyWeight Training
36GraduationStudents who complete the program participate in the Continuing Education Graduation Ceremony at the end of each spring semesterStudents this spring will receive a Work Readiness Certificate upon completion of the program.
37Our Graduates54% of all graduates took inclusive adult education courses.92% are now employed8% are still looking or are unable to work due to health10% went onto further education
38After Graduation Receptionist File Clerk Assistant Coach Cashier Line CookClerk atState CapitalDeli DepartmentDental ReceptionistChild Care AssistantTeaching AssistantData Entry Clerk
39Beyond STEPSStudents wishing to advance their education have many options!Students who want take further Continuing Education Courses or work towards a certification can sign up for STEPS Academic Support during their final STEPS Semesters.Academic support provides 6 hours a week of homework and tutoring help.
40STEPS Program Director Contact InformationSTEPS Program DirectorMariah Lossing
41VAST.hccs.edu Certificate Programs for Students With Abilities VAST Academy Motto:“All that I can, I will.”VAST.hccs.edu
42Vocational Advancement & Skills Training-23 years experience empowering “differently abled” students with developmental challenges to achieve their dreams of becoming more independent and competitively employed in the workforce.
43Over 150 students enrolled at 2 Colleges A 3rd Program to begin Fall 2014.
44Offering Two Meaningful Workforce Credentials Occupational Skills-Career ReadinessOffice Skills Training & Work KeysFormalized Admissions Process (18-25 age range)Comprehensive Support ServicesScholarships from local foundationsPerson Centered PlanningPre-College-Freshman Success Bridge CoursesInternships with local employersJob placement assistance
45Occupational Skills Certificate A two-year career readiness workforce credential, offering courses that enhance functional reading, math and writing as they relate to workforce skills, develop basic computer/financial literacy and human relations skills for the workplace. Students receive assistance with identifying a realistic career goal, through a “person centered planning” approach, develop a vocational degree plan and upon successful completion of their courses, are placed on an internship with an employer partner based on their career interests and skills.
46Office Skills Training Certificate TERM I• Business Writing• Communications• Keyboarding• PowerPointTERM II• Intro to Office Skills• Work Keys CRC• Spreadsheet/Excel• Job Preparation
47Term III Internship- 10 week/200 hrs. Office AssistantsData EntryFiling and ClericalReceptionistMail Center Clerks
48Residential Option: A partnership with “The Center” Cullen Residence Hall3 designated floors forHCC VAST studentsPrivate roomsModern amenitiesActivities coordinatorCafeteria that providesbreakfast, lunch, dinnerand snacks.Social activitiesEmployment opportunities
49Student LifeThe Eagles Club- holds college-wide events, workshops, and community service projects.Student GovernmentCampus SportsService LearningStudent Leadership Opportunities/AwardsAdvocacy-TX Advocates State Conference
50Leadership & Self-Advocacy Student Leader of the Year Award
51Capitol Day & Texas Advocates State Conference Workshop Presented her own session.
52President’s New Freedom Initiative Award For furthering the Employment and Independent Living Goals of individuals with disabilities.Pictured at U.S. Dept. of Labor in Washington, D.C. from left:Sue Moraska, Director, Judy Embry and daughter Nicole, a VAST Academy graduate, then U.S. Secretary of Labor, Elaine Chao.Nicole is a full-time employee at Smith and Associates for more than 10 years.
53The U.S. Dept. of Education awarded HCC- VAST Academy a $2.5 million, 5 year TPSID grant to expand it’s comprehensive transition programs for students with intellectual disabilities.National TPSID Grant Coordinating Center: Thinkcollege.net
54Employment and Internship Success MISSION STATEMENTEducation + Employment = Independence
55Rise School has hired 5 VAST Alumni. Employment SuccessChild CareClassroom assistantsRise School has hired 5 VAST Alumni.
56Internship and Employment Hilton AmericasVAST Students staffing the Abilities Expo
57Employment SuccessPier 1 ImportsEmployeeOf the Region
59Employer Partners Texas Children’s Hospital Shriner’s Hospital for ChildrenThe Rise SchoolT.I.R.R.KPFT 90.1 RadioCh. 39The CenterHouston Public LibraryHouston Livestock Show & RodeoMD Anderson Cancer CenterSpring Branch ISDThe River TheatreHilton AmericasThornwood ElementaryCatholic CharitiesJewish Family ServicesCAPSCVSPhoenicia DeliSailing AngelsHouston ArboretumNEO CafeHCC Child Care CenterHCC Mail Distribution Center. . .
60Contact Information:VAST.hccs.eduSue Moraska, DirectorHCC-VAST Academy1301 Alabama Suite 101BHouston, TX 77004