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1 SUCCESS at UMBC: Students United for Campus Community Engagement for Post-Secondary Success

2 Partnerships MDOD- Jade Gingerich DDA- Danielle Lyons DORS- Michelle Stewart The Arc Baltimore- Joanna Falcone CIL/ IMAGE Center: Amanda Taylor

3 Nationally Over 200 programs available including:  2-Year Colleges  4-Year Colleges and Universities  Tech/Trade School  Residential Options

4 Data Youth with intellectual disabilities who participated in postsecondary education were 26% more likely to exit the vocational rehabilitation program with employment and they earned a 73% higher weekly income. Migliore, A. & Butterworth, J., 2008. Postsecondary Education and Employment Outcomes for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities. DataNote Series, Data Note XXI. Boston, MA: Institute for Community Inclusion.

5 Value of Postsecondary Experience for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities: Enhanced employment outcomes Opportunity to develop problem solving skills and independence Ability to access adult learning opportunities and develop a desire for lifelong learning Expanded social networks Opportunity to connect learning to personal desired outcomes Socially valued roles and experience

6 Additional Value Programs such as SUCCESS with it’s peer to peer emphasis reinforce the skills and abilities of individuals with intellectuals disabilities which should translate into better opportunities for all individuals with intellectual disabilities.

7 History in Maryland Dual enrollment programs for students 18-21 years old to attend community college while in high school ◦ Availability and components vary widely across local school systems ◦ Not all incorporate employment goals ◦ Limited number of slots

8 History in Maryland Interest from parents in DC metro area due to George Mason University LIFE program Summer 2011 MDOD approached UMBC Shriver Center about a 4 year program

9 SUCCESS Criteria Students must: Have an intellectual disability ◦ ( Be able to read at a 3rd grade level (minimum requirement) Have the ability to function independently for a sustained period of time Have the ability to be successful in competitive employment situations Have the desire and motivation to complete a postsecondary program Have exited high school with a Certificate of Completion Be at least 21 years old and not older then 24 to begin the program Have knowledge of basic mathematics and the ability to use a calculator Have knowledge of basic keyboarding skills and the ability to use a computer Exhibit conduct and behavior that are age appropriate Have a willingness to complete all assignments with support Must be eligible for the DDA Waiver to receive funding for tuition Be a full time resident of Maryland

10 Additional Information Designed for students who can not otherwise access higher education Does not result in college credits or a degree; outcome is a certificate of completion Using a person centered planning process for goal setting and assessment

11 Funding Original intent was that families would cover all costs; families had limited time to save Families can private pay In pilot phase, for eligible students, DDA covers 80% and DORS 20% each year for tuition and fees (see DDA guidance) Families are responsible for providing transportation Once a full curriculum is in place, plan is to apply to become a Comprehensive Transition Postsecondary (CTP) program to qualify for federal financial aid

12 Residential Residential component creates a unique opportunity for independence to develop There are currently no on-campus residential options for students in the SUCCESS Program Private residential options do exist in communities surrounding UMBC. Friends of SUCCESS House, run by parents, is located off-campus in Catonsville. There is currently no funding for residential; families would be responsible for 100% of the costs

13 Current SUCCESS Students

14 Current Students 22 students ◦ 6 from 2012, 8 from 2013, 8 from 2014 ◦ From Baltimore, Carroll, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, Frederick, and Calvert counties ◦ Mostly commuters Generally follow UMBC Academic Calendar 9:30-4:00 pm Monday through Friday

15 Curriculum (1 st 2 nd & 3 rd Year) Fall and Spring Courses Include: First Year Seminar Service-Learning (Community Problem Solving and Becoming Community Change Agents) Independent Living Wellness Vision of Self Financial Education (Consumer and Personal Finance) Book Club/Writing Campus Exploration Computers (Basic and Information Systems) Drawing Theater Cultures of the World Career Pathways (Goal Setting, Resume Building, Interviewing, and Networking) Physical Education Public Speaking Strategies for Effective Learning From Seed to Table (Food Justice & Sustainability) Dance

16 Internships Internship sites include: ◦ Academic departments ◦ Retail ◦ Facilities Management ◦ Food service ◦ Some off-campus Students have the opportunity to change internships if they choose Summer employment with support from DDA and/or DORS

17 Student Engagement Students are fully enrolled: ◦ Build transcript ◦ Receive ID card ◦ Have equal access to library, gym, etc. SUCCESS Peers are integrated into all aspects of program except independent living classes (over 60 in SP14) Informal integration: Lunch Peers, SUCCESS Buddies Co-curricular Activities

18 2015-2016 Up to 8 slots available beginning in FA15 Applications will be available in Feb 2015 Families interested in applying need to discuss with resource/service coordinators and DORS staff to ensure it is incorporated in student’s service funding and IEP plans

19 For More Information Families can access: or Nan Brittingham, Director Constituent Services Program Maryland Department of Disabilities 410-767-3948

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