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Texas Consortium for Post Secondary Opportunities for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

2014

post secondary opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities project
Post Secondary Opportunities for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Project

PSO/IDD Project started Fall 2012

  • Austin Community College STEPS program
  • Austin Independent School District Special Education Advisory Committee
  • Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas
  • Texas Center for Disability Studies at the University of Texas at Austin
pso idd project mission
PSO/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.
pso idd project goals
PSO/IDD Project Goals
  • Raise 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.
community forum austin texas
Community 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.
community forum
Community Forum
  • General overview of post secondary opportunities
  • DSACT adult program presentation
  • ACC STEPS program presentation
  • Focus groups
support from the 83 rd texas legislature 2013
Support 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 Zaffirini
  • Representative Elliot Naishtat
national down syndrome society grant
National 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.
pso idd project presentations
PSO/IDD Project Presentations
  • Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
  • Department of Aging and Disability Services
  • Texas Education Agency – Texas Special Education Continuing Advisory Committee
  • Texas Education Agency Education Service Centers
  • Texas Education Agency Education Service Center Region XIII 18+ Network
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Texas Consortium for Post Secondary Opportunities for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Austin Community College STEPS program
  • Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas
  • Houston Community College VAST Academy
  • Texas Center for Disability Studies at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Texas Tech Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research
texas consortium mission
Texas 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.
texas consortium 2014 goals
Texas 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.
contact information
Contact information

Gerard Jimenez

512-496-6100

gerard@dsact.com

Board of Directors

Program Director & Government Affairs Director

Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas

Co-Chair

Texas Down Syndrome Advocacy Coalition

Co-Chair

Austin Independent School District Special Education Advisory Committee

Co-Chair

Texas Center for Disability Studies at the University of Texas at Austin

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College Opportnuities

For Adults with IDD

Jon Pierce-Shimomura, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

University of Texas at Austin (UT)

Director of Adult Education

Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas (DSACT)

jonps@austin.utexas.edu

512-232-4137

Gerard Jimenez

Board of Directors

Program Director

Government Affairs Director

Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas (DSACT)

gerard@dsact.com

512-496-6100

DSACT

inclusion for people with idd
Inclusion 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 education
    • IDEA: guarantees

Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

  • Inclusion is not yet common for postsecondary education
    • ADA: must self advocate, only prevents discrimination due to disability
  • Inclusion is still uncommon for employment opportunities for adults with ID, partly due to a lack of postsecondary education
university of texas informal classes aimed at adults with idd
University of Texas Informal Classes Aimed at Adults with IDD

Door opened here

informal classes at ut
Informal Classes at UT

Interactive class

Social Time

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

informal classes at ut1
Informal Classes at UT

Hands-on Learning and Fun!!

Topics:

Our senses

Alcohol & drugs on the brain

Parkinson’s disease

Amazing animals

Drug discovery

Math for everyday living

Japanese language & culture

Spanish food & culture

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Logistics for UT Informal Classes

Once per week for six consecutive weeks 5:30-8:00pm

Respite for families

27th St.

Guadalupe St

Whitis Ave

University Ave

Wichita St

Speedway

27th St Parking Garage

Speedway Parking Garage

To I-35

Dean Keeton

X

Entrance to seminar rooms and teaching lab

Drop off parking

Littlefield café patio meeting place

growth of ut informal classes aimed at adults with idd
Growth of UT Informal Classes Aimed at Adults with IDD

Students served per year

UT Informal classes

Year

DSACT

employment opportunities for adults with idd
Employment Opportunities for Adults with IDD

Cory Gentry

Lab Assistant Class I

20 hours per week

Neuroscience laboratory

University of Texas at Austin

goals achieved for ut informal classes
Goals Achieved for UT Informal Classes
  • Foster high expectations:
    • Self-image as UT student
    • Expand expectations of student in eyes of family and friends
  • Build self-confidence:
    • Hesitant, but soon tried hands-on activities and participated in discussion -- obviously enjoying taste of college life
    • Provide important time away from family and vice versa
  • Socialization:
    • Practice appropriate conversation and body language with peers with and without IDD -- key for employability
    • Provide critical time for UT students in medical or education fields to truly get to know people with IDD
  • Broader goals:
    • Life-long education on college campus
    • Maintain affordability ($120) and thus sustainability
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Near Future for UT Informal Classes

  • Integration with career development:
    • Identify employment strengths and desired jobs
    • Vocational and remedial classes on math, reading, writing and social interaction
    • Offer numerous courses to allow true self-determination
  • Additional opportunities for inclusive campus membership with typical UT students:
    • Inclusion program for existing Informal Classes at UT
    • Interaction with social groups: Best Buddies, Texas Lassos, Dean’s Scholars, etc…
    • Audit formal UT classes
  • Sustainability for expansion:
    • School district funding as part of transition program
    • Qualify program for use of Federal Student Aid
    • Fund raising
steps program

STEPS Program

Skills, Training and Education for Personal Success

the steps program
The STEPS Program
  • Unique program for adults whose abilities may prevent participation in traditional adult education
  • The STEPS Program fosters student success by preparing students for job readiness through a specialized curriculum
about our program
About Our Program
  • Up to 2 year program
  • Focus on supporting student success and job readiness
  • Lesson plans are personalized based on each student's needs
  • Upon completion, students go onto take adult education courses, certification courses, sit for the COMPASS test or become gainfully employed
our classes

Technology Skills

  • Clerical Skills
  • Retail Skills
  • Academic Skills
  • Workforce Development
  • Social Skills for Life and Work
  • Business Mathematics
Our Classes
technology skills
Technology 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.
clerical skills
Clerical Skills
  • Students 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!
retail skills
Retail Skills
  • Retail skills develops customer service skills, use of a cash register and money management
  • Students learn appropriate workplace behavior and how to deal with stressful situations in a healthy way.
academic skills
Academic Skills
  • Students learn reading, writing and math skills, starting at each student's individual level
  • Curriculum focus' heavily on reading comprehension and functional mathematics
  • Majority of students increase academic skills one grade level each semester
social skills for life and work
Social 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.
adapted business mathematics
Adapted 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
workforce development
Workforce Development
  • Students who are getting ready to graduate can take the Workforce Development Class
  • Students learn job readiness skills such as:
  • Finding jobs they qualify for
  • Applying for jobs
  • Preparing for the first interview
  • Creating a targeted resume and cover letter
  • Volunteering
  • Students are supported through the job search, interview and hire process
continuing education courses
Continuing Education Courses
  • Administrative Assistant Series
  • Child Care
  • Intro to Word
  • Intermediate Word
  • Advanced Word
  • Intro to Excel
  • Intermediate Excel
  • Advanced Excel
  • Sign Language
  • Intro to PowerPoint
  • Intermediate PowerPoint
  • Advanced PowerPoint
  • Event planning
  • Fundamentals of PC Use
  • Creative Writing
  • Drawing
  • Certified Nurses Aid
  • Medical Terminology
  • Weight Training
graduation
Graduation
  • Students who complete the program participate in the Continuing Education Graduation Ceremony at the end of each spring semester
  • Students this spring will receive a Work Readiness Certificate upon completion of the program.
our graduates
Our Graduates
  • 54% of all graduates took inclusive adult education courses.
  • 92% are now employed
  • 8% are still looking or are unable to work due to health
  • 10% went onto further education
after graduation
After Graduation
  • Receptionist
  • File Clerk
  • Assistant Coach
  • Cashier
  • Line Cook
  • Clerk at
  • State Capital
  • Deli Department
  • Dental Receptionist
  • Child Care Assistant
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Data Entry Clerk
beyond steps
Beyond STEPS
  • Students 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.
contact information1
Contact Information

STEPS Program Director

Mariah Lossing

512-289-9065

mlossing@austincc.edu

http://austincc.wix.com/accsteps

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Certificate Programs

for Students With

Abilities

VAST Academy Motto:

“All that I can, I will.”

VAST.hccs.edu

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Vocational 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.

over 150 students enrolled at 2 colleges a 3 rd program to begin fall 2014
Over 150 students enrolled at 2 Colleges

A 3rdProgram to begin Fall 2014.

offering two meaningful workforce credentials
Offering Two Meaningful Workforce Credentials
  • Occupational Skills-Career Readiness
  • Office Skills Training& Work Keys
  • Formalized Admissions Process (18-25 age range)
  • Comprehensive Support Services
  • Scholarships from local foundations
  • Person Centered Planning
  • Pre-College-Freshman Success Bridge Courses
  • Internships with local employers
  • Job placement assistance
occupational skills certificate
Occupational 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.

office skills training certificate

TERM I

• Business Writing

• Communications

• Keyboarding

• PowerPoint

TERM II

• Intro to Office Skills

• Work Keys CRC

• Spreadsheet/Excel

• Job Preparation

Office Skills Training Certificate

office assistants data entry filing and clerical receptionist mail center clerks

Term III Internship- 10 week/200 hrs.

Office Assistants

Data Entry

Filing and Clerical

Receptionist

Mail Center Clerks

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Residential Option:

A partnership with

“The Center”

Cullen Residence Hall

3 designated floors for

HCC VAST students

Private rooms

Modern amenities

Activities coordinator

Cafeteria that provides

breakfast, lunch, dinner

and snacks.

Social activities

Employment opportunities

student life
Student Life

The Eagles Club- holds college-wide events, workshops, and community service projects.

  • Student Government
  • Campus Sports
  • Service Learning
  • Student Leadership Opportunities/Awards
  • Advocacy-TX Advocates State Conference
leadership self advocacy
Leadership & Self-Advocacy

Student Leader of the Year Award

president s new freedom initiative award
President’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.

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The 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

employment and internship success
Employment and InternshipSuccess

Education + Employment = Independence

employment success

Child Care

Classroom assistants

Rise School has hired 5 VAST Alumni.

Employment Success

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Internship and Employment

Hilton Americas

VAST Students staffing the Abilities Expo

employment success1
Employment Success

Pier 1 Imports

Employee

Of the Region

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Employer Partners

  • Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Shriner’s Hospital for Children
  • The Rise School
  • T.I.R.R.
  • KPFT 90.1 Radio
  • Ch. 39
  • The Center
  • Houston Public Library
  • Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Spring Branch ISD
  • The River Theatre
  • Hilton Americas
  • Thornwood Elementary
  • Catholic Charities
  • Jewish Family Services
  • CAPS
  • CVS
  • Phoenicia Deli
  • Sailing Angels
  • Houston Arboretum
  • NEO Cafe
  • HCC Child Care Center
  • HCC Mail Distribution Center
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Contact Information:

VAST.hccs.edu

Sue Moraska, Director

HCC-VAST Academy

1301 Alabama Suite 101B

Houston, TX 77004

Sue.moraska@hccs.edu, 713-718-6833