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What does college and career ready mean for students with significant cognitive disabilities

What does “College and Career Ready” mean for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Dynamic Learning Maps

National Center and State Collaborative GSEG Projects

June 2011


College and career ready for all
College and Career Ready for All…

  • Components in a Comprehensive Definition of College Readiness for typical high school students

    • Key Cognitive Strategies

      • Problem solving, reasoning, analysis, interpretation, critical thinking

    • Key Content

      • Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies

    • Academic Behaviors

      • Self monitoring, time management, using information resources, social interaction skills,

    • Contextual Skills and Awareness

      • Seeking help with admissions, procedures, group interaction skills

        • (Conley, 2011)


Career readiness for all
Career Readiness for All

Preparedness for workplace refers to the reading and mathematics knowledge and skills needed to qualify for an occupation’s job training program; it does not necessarily mean that the qualifications to be hired for a job have been met (NAGB, 2009).

Sample pathways include:

  • Apprenticeship programs

  • Community College certification

  • Job training programs

  • On the job training

  • Vocational technical institutes


Employability skills for all
Employability Skills for All

Tony Wagner (2008) talks about the seven survival skills:

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving;

  • Collaboration; Agility and Adaptability;

  • Initiative and Entrepreneurialism;

  • Effective Oral and Written Communication;

  • Accessing and Analyzing information;

  • Curiosity and Imagination.

  • Partnership for 21st Century Skills

  • Association for Career and Technical Education

  • Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills


  • Post secondary education
    Post Secondary Education

    Opportunities for all …include, but are not limited to the following: pursuing knowledge, investigating career goals, acquiring maturity through new experiences, gaining new responsibilities and ways of problem-solving, and exploring aspects of life by engaging in new personal and professional relationships, and learning collectively with each other (TASH, 2006).


    Post secondary education opportunities
    Post Secondary Education Opportunities

    • Credit & non-credit or continuing education

    • Community college continuing education, vocational – technical institutes and 4 year colleges

    • Adult basic education

    • Local community programs

    • Workshops through retail stores

    • Personal development courses

      (Grigal, Hart & Paiewonsky, 2010)


    Did you know
    Did You Know?

    • The Higher Education Opportunity Act includes two major provisions that may facilitate entry into higher education for students with intellectual disability

      • Implementation of Model Demonstration sites.

      • Availability of financial aid if enrolled.


    Standards for post secondary education programs for students with intellectual disabilities
    Standards for Post Secondary Education Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

    • Eight Standards

      • Academic Access

      • Career Development

      • Social Network

      • Self Determination

      • Integration with College Systems & Practices

      • Coordination and Collaboration

        • Think College Institute for Community Inclusion University of Massachusetts: Boston

          • (Weir, Hart, Grigal, )


    Cross walking
    Cross walking with Intellectual Disabilities

    • All kids

      • Key Cognitive Strategies

        • Problem solving, reasoning, analysis, interpretation, critical thinking

      • Key Content

        • Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies

      • Academic Behaviors

        • Self monitoring, time management, using information resources, social interaction skills, working in groups

      • Contextual Skills and Awareness

        • Seeking help with admissions, procedures, group interaction skills

          • (Conley, 2011)

    • Students with Intellectual Disability

      • Academic Access

      • Career Development

      • Social Network

      • Self Determination

      • Integration with College Systems & Practices

      • Coordination and Collaboration

    NSCS GSEG


    Survey findings on college programs for students with intellectual disability think college 2009
    Survey Findings on College Programs for with Intellectual DisabilitiesStudents with Intellectual Disability(Think College, 2009)


    Post secondary demonstration sites focus on
    Post Secondary with Intellectual DisabilitiesDemonstration sites focus on

    • Academic and instructional strategies

      • Peer tutoring, mentoring, coaching

    • Employment/Career Strategies

      • Practicum and internship opportunities

      • Invite vocational rehabilitation professionals

      • Campus career center

    • Independent Living/Residential Strategies

    • Social Strategies


    Intellectual disability is not synonymous with significant cognitive disability
    “Intellectual disability” is NOT synonymous with “significant cognitive disability”


    Meet megan
    Meet Megan “significant cognitive disability”


    Meet bruce
    Meet Bruce “significant cognitive disability”


    Meet bruce after intervention
    Meet Bruce after Intervention “significant cognitive disability”


    Ccr so now what direction
    CCR: So, now what direction? “significant cognitive disability”


    Dlm draft assumptions
    DLM Draft Assumptions “significant cognitive disability”

    For college & Career readiness, students with significant cognitive disabilities need:

    • Higher expectations

    • Post-secondary opportunities

    • More than traditional academics

    • Access, accommodations, and supports


    Ncsc partners are discussing
    NCSC partners are discussing: “significant cognitive disability”

    • Maximize Communicative Competence

    • Full access to the academic content for life long learning

    • Development of appropriate social skills

    • Development of independent work behaviors

    • Development of support access skills

      (Discussion based on Kearns, Kleinert, Harrison, Shepard-Jones, Hall, Jones 2011)


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