How The STAR PCP Guides Students’ Goals & Outcomes in STING RAY This presentation will detail how Project 10 STING RAY employs the STAR (Students Transitioning into Adult Roles) PCP (Person Center Planning) to facilitate an efficient and interactive process for students transitioning into and out of an inclusive postsecondary education program. Using the STAR PCP as a framework and starting point, the presenters will describe the unique aspects of the student experience with STING RAY. Using information gathered by students, peers, family, and staff, the STAR PCP supports in guiding students through many aspects and expectations of being a college student.
Hard Conversations Poor hygiene, awkward social skills, and atypical behaviors are barriers to friendships, employment, and independent living. Yet, addressing these behaviors with students with ID/DD can be challenging and uncomfortable. This presentation offers strategies, techniques, and resources for having those difficult but necessary conversations.
The BRIDGE Program: Creating a Sustainable IPSE Model The purpose of this presentation is three-fold: (1) to present a model for IPSE that provides effective and sustainable transition services and vocational training for diverse young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities addressing sustainability, community outreach, partnerships, research, diversity, and management of a transition focused IPSE program; (2) to present a working model of applying the SAP, evaluating service needs across multiple subsystems to improve job placement of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities; and (3) explain the utilization of the PBIS system of interventions in an IPSE setting, where individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities receive vocational and social training.
Inclusive On-Campus Living is the Ultimate College Experience In Fall 2015, the University of Central Florida successfully launched its college experience for students with intellectual disabilities and included an on-campus housing option for students. The inaugural six students all elected to live on campus. This session will explore the steps taken to make the experience as inclusive as possible, the journey along the way during the semester and the impact on students, parents and the residential community. Living on-campus was a game-changing experience for many people.
Living and Learning with Autism Kenneth Kelty will share his story about growing up with autism and an intellectual disability. He will talk about how belonging on the campus at WCU felt. He will also share about life after college and experiences.
Through the Lens This year students in the FUTURE Program have participating in a PhotoVoice project documenting their college experiences. Come see a sampling of these films, hear about the process, and ask questions. Keeping students at the center through community engaged research Participants in this session will learn the following: the definition of community engaged research, recommended steps for facilitating community engaged research, how to incorporate community engaged research into program evaluation and development, understanding of how one program has incorporated CER into its own program development and evaluation.
Navigating Employment and SSI/SSDI Benefits This presentation will provide attendees with an overview of the SSI and SSDI programs and benefits. Attendees will learn about the Work Incentives associated with these programs that are available to young adults with disabilities. Information will also be provided on the Work Incentive Planning and Assistance programs that support individuals with disabilities in understanding and navigating Social Security Work Incentives.
A formative evaluation for postsecondary education program development and sustainability Postsecondary education (PSE) opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities (ID) are increasing. As colleges and universities launch and sustain programs, primary questions relate to the impact of evidence-based practices and outcomes. This presentation will share outcomes of an iterative process between one model demonstration site and the state University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD). Evaluative results examining the impact of the PSE program will also be shared from individual student interviews, family and student focus groups, and surveys. Establishing evaluative measures helps inform program development and refinement, while generating outcomes relevant to all involved.
Peer Job Coaching Supports: A New Model This presentation will focus on how current undergraduate students in relevant majors can be trained to provide job coaching supports to IPSE students in on- and off-campus internships. The presentation will include a discussion of job coach recruitment, training, and supervision and will also share developed resources such as site logs, training materials, and visual supports for coaching.
Promoting Safety and Security in a Postsecondary Education Program As fully inclusive post-secondary education programs for young adults with intellectual disability continue to develop, concerns about campus safety and security issues have arisen. In this presentation, we discuss the development and effects of a three tiered model implemented on a college campus to address these issues.
MindCrafting - Mindfulness Strategies for Self-Determination Our minds wonder continuously. Sometimes these random thoughts become fears and worries. These stressful thoughts bombard our lives daily. Often our students have difficulty knowing how to handle these moments and express their stress sometimes obsessively or inappropriately. Through the use of mindfulness strategies these negative thoughts can be captured and eliminated or at the least shrunk to a minimal size. During this session, the implementation of a Mindfulness Focus course with the FAU Transitioning Owls program students will be reviewed. Mindfulness strategies and techniques will be demonstrated and discussed. Participants will be provided a resource list of Mindfulness tools which they can use to help deal with stressful situations and how to focus on the now. Mindfulness can ultimately be used as a way to mindcraft or building positive thoughts and reactions to stressful situations.
University Participant Program: First Hand Experiences from Students and Supports The University Participant Program is a model postsecondary education program at Western Carolina University. Key stakeholders of the program will share first hand experiences and perspectives related to their involvement with the program. Key presenters will include family members, alumni, student supports, and current UP students involved in this inclusive, residential, and individualized postsecondary program.
A Meeting of Minds: Challenges and Solutions to System Collaboration Columbus State University’s collaborative agreement with the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency sets the stage for an innovative way to leverage the resources of each to better serve adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. This presentation discusses how such a collaborative agreement is being implemented to support students within the GOALS Program (an inclusive post-secondary education program for students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities), particularly with regard to the developmental nature of real-world collaboration. The authors will offer their insights as to how to bring together two agencies that traditionally operate very differently.
Braiding and Blending -It's Not About Fashion or Hair A frank discussion about sustainability, affordability, accessibility, and being there for the long run. There are multiple solutions that one program has utilized partnership and braided and blended funding to support long term sustainability.
Systems of Support and Community Partnerships in Inclusive Higher Education Programs This proposed presentation will outline the systems of supports and community partnerships that have been established in a postsecondary transition program for students with intellectual disabilities (ID) ages 18-21 at Florida International University (FIU). Project Panther LIFE is a collaborative partnership between FIU, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), and Parent to Parent of Miami (P to P). The primary goal of the program is to provide a comprehensive postsecondary program and systems of supports (e.g., academic mentors, faculty advisors) to eligible students through a well-planned, structured, and individualized curriculum and related program and community experiences leading to meaning and relevant paid employment at program completion.
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