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S.O.A.R.! Executing a Summer Residential ProgramAER INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCESan Antonio ~ 2014 Kevin Hollinger – Director Paul Ehresman – Orientation & Mobility Specialist
Summer Orientation & Mobility and Adapted Living Resource • History • Application Process • Pre-S.O.A.R. Assessments • Staff Recruitment • Staffing • Instructional Domains • Instructional & Residential Facilities • Materials Utilized • Special Features • Schedule • Matrix • Comprehensive Report • Post-S.O.A.R. Assessments and Surveys • The Cost
History of S.O.A.R. – St. Louis 2007 – 2014 St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired & Lighthouse for the Blind – St. Louis
The Mission • S.O.A.R. – St. Louis is a highly intensive, structured training program that provides specialized instruction to youth ages 15-21 who are legally blind. • S.O.A.R. – St. Louis is specifically designed for individuals who intend to live independently, seek competitive employment and/or attend a vocational training program or college upon graduation from secondary school. S.O.A.R. – St. Louis provides three weeks of accelerated training in adapted living techniques that include cooking, kitchen management, self-care, clothing management, money management, and home maintenance. The emphasis on independence also fosters expectations related to independent travel skills, interpersonal relationships, post-secondary transition, organizational skills and career exploration.
Our Vision • S.O.A.R. - St. Louis is committed to the adherence of its mission. • S.O.A.R. - St. Louis graduates will continue to build an awareness of skill sets needed to live independently while pursuing educational, career and family interests. • S.O.A.R. - St. Louis will recruit, train, and hire highly qualified professionals. • S.O.A.R. - St. Louis will increase each participant's self-advocacy through instruction and community-based activities. • S.O.A.R. - St. Louis will provide comprehensive reports for each participant's family, school district and or agency to further facilitate transition planning for post-secondary goals. • S.O.A.R. - St. Louis will improve and expand programming to meet the diverse and changing needs of its participants on a yearly basis. • S.O.A.R. - St. Louis will provide on-going opportunities for participant/family training and follow-up consultations.
Participant Eligibility • Between the ages of 15 and 21 • Currently meets eligibility / definition of legally blind or blind • Current resident in the State of Missouri or the surrounding Western Illinois Counties • Plans to live independently. • Participant plans to seek competitive employment and/or attend a vocational training program or college upon graduation from secondary school. • Participants will be required to participate in all three weeks of the day and residential programs without absence.
Pre-S.O.A.R. Assessment / Admissions • Application deadline March 1st • Participant Information • Emergency Contact Information • Personalization • Domain Ranking / Interest • Self-Assessment (ADL & O&M) • Parent / Teacher Assessment (ADL & O&M) • Authorization for Treatment • Consent – Release, Publicity, Transportation • Admission Committee • Completed Application • Self- and Parent/Teacher Assessments • Year of transition • Current Placement • Prior admittance or other ADL program attendance
Exceptional Staffing • Certified O&M Specialists (2) • O&M Instructors [Interns] (3) • Residential Coordinator • Residential Staff (3) • In-Residence Residential Staff (2) • Awake Overnight Supervisor • ADL Cooking (2) • ADL Eating Etiquette • ADL Kitchen Management • ADL Home Maintenance • ADL Money Management • ADL Self-Care / Hygiene • ADL Clothing Management • ADL Careers
Staffing Commitment • ADL Instructors and Certified O&M Specialists and O&M Interns: • 8:15am – 3:45pm Monday – Friday ** Interns also work in the late afternoons, weekday and weekends (activities) • Residential Coordinator: • 2:30 – 10:30 pm (ish) ~ Monday – Friday • 7:30 – 9:30 am ~ Tuesday – Friday • 8:00 am – 10:30 pm (ish) ~ Saturday / Sunday • Residential Staff: • 2:30 – 10:30 pm (ish) ~ Monday – Friday • 8:00 am – 10:30 pm (ish) ~ Saturday / Sunday • Overnight Residential Staff: • 7:00 – 9:00 am Monday – Friday • 2:30 – 10:30 pm (ish) Monday – Friday • 8:00 am – 10:30 pm (ish) Saturday / Sunday • Awake Overnight Supervisor: • 9:30pm – 9:00am Monday – Sunday
VRT Trainer • ACVREP Certified VRT • Provide competency training for ADL instructors and staff • One on one training – Pre-S.T.E.P. • Oversee evaluation circuit and report writing • Monitor instructional strategies for ADL competencies • Monitor instructional matrix grid for compliance • Provide supervision of ADL intern
ADL – Cooking Skills (2) • Kitchen orientation • Appliance use and accessibility • Measurement • Dicing / Cutting • Meal preparation • Meal storage • Recipe implementation
ADL - Eating / Etiquette • Etiquette • Scooping, Cutting, Stabbing, Pushing • Serving • Containers / Storage • Ordering / Special Requests • Menu Use
ADL – Food / Kitchen Management • Small Appliances • Toaster, Blender, Magic Bullet, Ice Cream Maker, etc.) • Utensil exposure and use • Pots, pans, and everything else • Storage / Containers • Groceries • Entertainment – Food safety and arrangement
ADL – Housekeeping / Home Maintenance • Washing Dishes • Organization / Closets • Vacuuming / Dusting / Blinds / Mop / etc. • Trash collection / disposal • Maintaining light bulbs, batteries, plants, etc. • Cleaning • Basic Tool use (screwdriver, hammer, etc.)
ADL – Money Management • Folding / Labeling • Estimation / Making Change • Budgeting • Tipping • Warranty Registration • ATM / Credit cards • Maintaining wallet / billfold • Signature writing
ADL – Self-Care / Hygiene • Grooming • Personal Hygiene • Dressing / Fasteners / Ties / Lacing • Fasteners, Buttons, Clasps, Ties, Lacing • Organization
ADL – Clothing Management • Labeling • Sorting • Folding • Hanging • Laundry • Ironing • Packing
ADL – Career Exploration • Self – Advocacy • Career Interest Surveys • Personal information / Applications • Resume writing • ADA rights • Non-driver education • Phone / Email etiquette • Interviewing • Letter writing and Envelopes
Certified O&M Specialists (2) • ACVREP Certified • Provide supervision of three O&M Interns • Assist in the development of evacuation procedures, campus navigation, map-making session, and non-driver education session • Assist in night evaluations / instruction • Assist in familiarizing O&M interns to St. Louis and the St. Louis Metro systems
O&M Interns • Seeking ACVREP Certification • Average hours completed = 218 • Train all staff in Sighted-Guide Procedures and monitoring basic cane travel, escalators, elevators, etc. • Provide orientation for campus living • Provide individual/group lessons based on assessment • Cane and low vision travel • Provide instruction for use of public transportation • Provide night evaluations / instruction • Lead the Map-Making Instructional Session • Lead the Non-Driver Education Instructional Session • Participate in all community outings
Residential Coordinator • Implement schedule (outings, speakers, lessons, etc.) • Adhere and balance residential budget • Coordinate non-scheduled off-campus activities • Coordinate transportation for programming / activities • Assist students with ADLs as they relate to dorm living • Distribute morning and evening medications • Monitor staff use of training (sighted guide, ADL, etc.) • Oversee Residential and Overnight Staff
Residential Staff • Assist Weekday/Weekend Coordinator to implement programming • Actively participate in all scheduled and non-scheduled activities • Assist students with ADLs as they relate to dorm living, eating, use of public transportation, eating • Transport students/staff during evening/weekend residential schedule
Awake Overnight Supervisor • Remains awake throughout shift • Administers medications • Assist students with ADLs as they relate to dorm living • Establish and maintain contact with on-duty Webster University residential supervisor • Supervise students • Complete incident reports if necessary
ADL and O&M Instructional Sequence Assess Instruct Report
Materials / Supplies • Participant Packing List • Braille / Large Print • Labeling Items • Clothing Labels • Cleaning Supplies • Small Appliances • Kitchen Supplies • Career Survey / Interest Inventory • Meter Stick • Wheatley / Chang Kits • Tactile Town • Low Vision Devices • Long Canes / GPS • Cash, Checks, ATM • Bug Spray / Sunscreen • Color Identifiers • Water Bottles • Accessible Computers • Personal Hygiene Items
Features • Comprehensive Summative Reports* • College-aged Mentors • Sex-Education & Dating Seminar * • Sports Camp Weekend* • Banking Partnership • Bank Account, ATM, Bank Visit, etc. • Volunteerism / Community Service Project* • Grocery Store – Behind the Scenes • Mock Interviews • Parent Training Day* • Group Lessons • AFB Career Connect Series • Eating Out Etiquette • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle • Locker Room Etiquette • Map-Making • Non-Driver Instruction • Guest Speakers • Motivational Speaker – Marcus Engel • Banking / Personal Financial Management • Rehabilitation Services for the Blind • Beyond High School (College Mentors) • Dog-Guide School* • Consumer / Advocacy Groups • ADA Rights and Education • AFB Career Connect Series • Activities / Outings • Family Dining – Maggianos Little Italy • Dave & Busters • Cardinal Game / Six Flags • Swing Around Fun Town • Descriptive Movie • Dining Out / Order In • MUNY – outdoor theater • Boathouse / Forrest Park* • Laumeier Sculpture Park*
Comprehensive Reports Includes Letter from the Director and Reports from all ADL Domains, O&M, and the Residential Setting • Beginning of Program Skills Summary • Instructional Interventions & Progress • Recommendations for future use and generalization of skill sets Copies of the report are sent to the student, the family, the school, and Rehabilitation Services for the Blind
Program Reflection / Evaluation • Participant Goal~Setting Review • Participant Survey • Comparative Analysis to Pre-S.O.A.R. survey • Parent Survey • Rehabilitation Services for the Blind Survey • Staff Survey • Wrap-Up Meeting • Future Considerations / Planning
Testimonials • "We still marvel at the skills and knowledge Sylvia gained from the STEP Program. Both she and her sister have attended several ADL programs, all of which were woefully disappointing in comparison to STEP. Not only did she make huge strides with her O&M skills, she came home with a new found confidence with signing her name and ironing! She mentioned several times that all of the adults who worked at STEP were kind, fun, and professional! - Lisa, Parent of S.O.A.R. – St. Louis Participant • . . . . The confidence and independence became evident on the ride home. At a stop at a convenience store I found Tomas inside before I got in - looking for a drink in the cooler....he told me that if he couldn't find what he wanted he would ask someone for help. He proceeded to choose a drink, find the counter (all with him skillfully using his cane) and pay for his drink with money from his wallet!. . . .I can see the effects of every area of the program - labeling and organizing his bathroom items - and using them :) , talking about career ideas, setting his alarm, tying his shoes, planning what he is going to cook next, searching the catalogs for which items to get to increase his independence, advocating for himself…. - Do, Parent of S.O.A.R. – St. Louis Participant
The Budget • FOOD: $12,000 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner all settings) • GROCERIES: $2,000 • FACILITIES: $10,000 • PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: $500 • SUPPLIES: $400 • INTERN STIPENDS: $1,350 (plus housing ) • ACTIVITIES / ENTERTAINMENT: $1800 • STAFFING: $68,000 TOTAL: $120,000 Cost Per Participant: $9,000