12 College Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
Debra Hart, MS, Director and Meg Grigal, PhD, Co-Director, Department of Education & Transition, Institute for Community
Inclusion, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
College is an option for students with intellectual disabilities. Find out what new and exciting postsecondary education initiatives are
available nationwide. And, learn how to include post secondary education planning in transition planning for students with intellectual disabilities. A short DVD on postsecondary education in action will be shown. This will be an interactive session with ample time to ask questions and to interact with one another.
23 Great Jobs Through Supported Employment
Diane Prindle, Briggs & Associates, Atlanta, GA
Briggs & Associates will share job descriptions that have been developed in various industries, such as hospitals, government
agencies, corporate & law offices, attractions, and warehouse & distribution. Discussion will revolve around how these jobs can be developed through supported employment programs in your community. This collective source of information is invaluable to all families and service providers.
29a Potential Use of Computer Skills for Employment of Adults with DS –Part 1
Libby Kumin, PhD, CCC-SLP, Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Author, Loyola University, Baltimore, MD
Do your teen and adult children email their friends? Do they search the web and go on to fan websites for their favorite singers?
Computer skills are potential job skills. Dr. Kuminwill talk about current research that is identifying strong computer skills in young
adults with DS. How do we apply the research findings to help all people learn these skills? How do we use the knowledge to develop IEP and transition plans that can include both computer skills and communication skills essential in the job market? Involving school and employment counselors, and developing internships and volunteer opportunities as a bridge to employment will be discussed. A checklist of computer skills for employment will be included.
29b Potential Use of Computer Skills for Employment of Adults with DS –Part 2
37a Planning for your Child’s Future as an Adult in the Community –Part 1
Hal Wright, CFP, Financial Planner, Colorado Financial Partners, LLC, father of a daughter with DS, Greenwood Village, CO
The purpose of comprehensive special needs planning —life, resource, financial and legal —is to help an adult with a disability take their rightful place in the community. Planning should be person-centered. It must consider the individual’s needs and capabilities, but it should be guided by his or her hopes for their own future. For many of our children, living independently in the community with some support is possible with adequate planning and resources. This workshop will present practical guidance to help you plan for your child’s future as an adult in the community.
37b Planning for your Child’s Future as an Adult in the Community –Part 2
49 Implementing Adult Literacy in Meaningful and Creative Ways
Tom Fish, PhD, Founder, Next Chapter Book Club, Columbus, OH
This workshop will explore various approaches that can be used to promote adult literacy and community inclusion for people with DS.
It will also provide a comprehensive overview of the Next Chapter Book Club Model.
51 Transitions: The Roles of Siblings in the Transition out of the Home for Adults with DS
Michael Gibbons, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA
Dr. Michael Gibbons will discuss the findings of a study done in collaboration with NDSC called “Transitions” which looked at how families of adults with DS approach moving out of the family home. Early findings suggest that many parents are wary of the group home options they perceive to be available. Parental concerns focus on trust, control, and engagement. The report will formalize an understanding of the parents’ experience regarding this transition, or lack thereof and communicate the options families do have, as well as identify their concerns and unmet needs.
62 How To Prepare for Independent Living
Meredith Martin, Self advocate, Neligh, NE and Lee Jones, Self advocate, Kansas City, MO
Whether your self advocate has just started crawling or just gotten their driver’s license, it is never too early to start planning for the
possibility of them living in their own place. This workshop will provide practical information on key skills to be learned, living
alternatives, criteria for selecting a first place and the joys of success. This workshop is not about theories; it is about the real world and is being presented by two experts with over sixty-five years of daily experience with DS and almost twenty years of daily experience of living independently. You will leave the workshop with a check list and ideas on how to get started with preparing for independent living when you get home. The speakers will be joined by their support staff (also called parents) for a questions and answers period at the end of the presentation.