SUCCESS: UMBC - Maryland Transitioning Youth

Report
SUCCESS at UMBC:
Students United for Campus Community
Engagement for Post-Secondary Success
Partnerships
MDOD- Jade Gingerich
 DDA- Danielle Lyons
 DORS- Michelle Stewart
 The Arc Baltimore- Joanna Falcone
 CIL/ IMAGE Center: Amanda Taylor
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Nationally
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Over 200 programs available including:
 2-Year Colleges
 4-Year Colleges and Universities
 Tech/Trade School
 Residential Options
Data
Youth with intellectual disabilities
who participated in postsecondary
education were 26% more likely to
exit the vocational rehabilitation
program with employment and they
earned a 73% higher weekly income.
Migliore, A. & Butterworth, J., 2008. Postsecondary Education and Employment Outcomes for Youth
with Intellectual Disabilities. DataNote Series, Data Note XXI. Boston, MA: Institute for
Community Inclusion.
Value of Postsecondary Experience for
Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities:
Enhanced employment outcomes
 Opportunity to develop problem solving
skills and independence
 Ability to access adult learning
opportunities and develop a desire for
lifelong learning
 Expanded social networks
 Opportunity to connect learning to
personal desired outcomes
 Socially valued roles and experience
Additional Value
Programs such as
SUCCESS with it’s
peer to peer emphasis reinforce the
skills and abilities of individuals with
intellectuals disabilities which should
translate into better opportunities for all
individuals with intellectual disabilities.
History in Maryland
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Dual enrollment programs for students
18-21 years old to attend community
college while in high school
◦ Availability and components vary
widely across local school systems
◦ Not all incorporate employment goals
◦ Limited number of slots
History in Maryland
 Interest
from parents in DC
metro area due to George
Mason University LIFE
program
 Summer
2011 MDOD
approached UMBC Shriver
Center about a 4 year
program
SUCCESS Criteria
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Students must:
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Have an intellectual disability
◦ (http://aaidd.org/intellectual-disability/definition#.UnkqelariSo)
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Be able to read at a 3rd grade level (minimum requirement)
Have the ability to function independently for a sustained period of time
Have the ability to be successful in competitive employment
situations
Have the desire and motivation to complete a postsecondary program
Have exited high school with a Certificate of Completion
Be at least 21 years old and not older then 24 to begin the program
Have knowledge of basic mathematics and the ability to use a calculator
Have knowledge of basic keyboarding skills and the ability to use a
computer
Exhibit conduct and behavior that are age appropriate
Have a willingness to complete all assignments with support
Must be eligible for the DDA Waiver to receive funding for tuition
Be a full time resident of Maryland
Additional Information
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Designed for students who can not
otherwise access higher education
Does not result in college credits or a
degree; outcome is a certificate of
completion
Using a person centered planning
process for goal setting and assessment
Funding
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Original intent was that families would cover all
costs; families had limited time to save
Families can private pay
In pilot phase, for eligible students, DDA covers
80% and DORS 20% each year for tuition and
fees (see DDA guidance)
Families are responsible for providing
transportation
Once a full curriculum is in place, plan is to apply
to become a Comprehensive Transition
Postsecondary (CTP) program to qualify for
federal financial aid
Residential
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Residential component creates a unique
opportunity for independence to develop
There are currently no on-campus residential
options for students in the SUCCESS Program
Private residential options do exist in
communities surrounding UMBC.
Friends of SUCCESS House, run by parents, is
located off-campus in Catonsville.
There is currently no funding for residential;
families would be responsible for 100% of the
costs
Current SUCCESS Students
Current Students
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22 students
◦ 6 from 2012, 8 from 2013, 8 from 2014
◦ From Baltimore, Carroll, Howard,
Montgomery, Prince George’s, Anne
Arundel, Frederick, and Calvert counties
◦ Mostly commuters
Generally follow UMBC Academic
Calendar
 9:30-4:00 pm Monday through Friday
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Curriculum (1st 2nd & 3rd Year)
Fall and Spring
Courses Include:
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First Year Seminar
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Service-Learning (Community Problem Solving and Becoming Community Change Agents)
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Independent Living
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Wellness
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Vision of Self
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Financial Education (Consumer and Personal Finance)
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Book Club/Writing
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Campus Exploration
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Computers (Basic and Information Systems)
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Drawing
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Theater
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Cultures of the World
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Career Pathways (Goal Setting, Resume Building, Interviewing, and Networking)
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Physical Education
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Public Speaking
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Strategies for Effective Learning
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From Seed to Table (Food Justice & Sustainability)
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Dance
Internships
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Internship sites include:
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Academic departments
Retail
Facilities Management
Food service
Some off-campus
Students have the opportunity to
change internships if they choose
 Summer employment with support
from DDA and/or DORS
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Student Engagement
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Students are fully enrolled:
◦ Build transcript
◦ Receive ID card
◦ Have equal access to library, gym, etc.
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SUCCESS Peers are integrated into all
aspects of program except independent
living classes (over 60 in SP14)
Informal integration: Lunch Peers,
SUCCESS Buddies
Co-curricular Activities
2015-2016
Up to 8 slots available beginning in
FA15
 Applications will be available in Feb
2015
 Families interested in applying need to
discuss with resource/service
coordinators and DORS staff to
ensure it is incorporated in student’s
service funding and IEP plans
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For More Information
Families can access:
shrivercenter.umbc.edu/SUCCESS
or
Nan Brittingham, Director
Constituent Services Program
Maryland Department of Disabilities
410-767-3948
[email protected]

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