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College Options for People with Intellectual Disabilities

February 5, 2013 2:00-3:30 EST

University of Vermont, 2013

Presenters
Bernard BJ Parrott: Student Brian Vedder: Lead Mentor Kiersten Hallquist: Program Manager Bryan Dague: Program Coordinator

University of Vermont, 2013

Program Description
Small, innovative, inclusive, academic, social, and

vocational program for students with intellectual disabilities seeking a college experience.
Participants may earn a 12 credit-hour certificate of

professional studies for non-matriculated students.


Two-Year Program No residential component Federally-funded TPSID Grant

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Partnerships

University of Vermont Green Mountain Self Advocates Johnson State College Howard Center Lamoille County Mental Health Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Division of Disability & Aging Services Local High Schools

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Why Think College?


BJ
Over the two classes I took, I have grown as a person inside and out. I have learned more about us history. I learned how write a paper, and made new friends. I'm going to the conference next Wednesday, the 9th of May, 2012. Saying goodbye is never an easy thing to do.
- BJ Parrott, Think College VT Blog

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Process
Application

Person-Centered Planning
College Plan of Study

Peer Mentors
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Program Components
Academics Social/Recreational

Independent Living & Self-

Work Experience

Advocacy Skills

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Academics
Written Expression History (1865-present) Childhood Development Intro to Early Childhood

Intro to Acting
Farm-to-Table Public Speaking

Education
Ballroom & Hip-Hop Dancing Participatory Action

Research

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Academics

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Social/Recreational
UVM College Democrats Freebies at UVM Zumba Tennis

Spontaneous Events
Racquetball Burlington 101 Pool

Lunch with Friends


Bollywood UVM Feel Good Food

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Social/Recreational

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Social/Recreational

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Independent Living & Self-Advocacy Skills


7 Habits Curriculum Spread the Word Campaign Etiquette Dinner Prioritizing/Time

Budgeting
Health & Nutrition Communication Navigating Campus

Management
Event planning Organization Dress to Impress Public Transportation

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Independent Living & Self-Advocacy

GMSAs 7 Habits Curriculum


Becoming assertive Achieving goals

Resisting peer pressure


Participating in decision-making about life choices Practicing communication and listening skills

Developing strategies to help students move on with their lives


Helping students realize their choices are made only by themselves, not by others

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Independent Living & Self-Advocacy


Spread the Word UVM Davis Center

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Independent Living & Self-Advocacy

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Independent Living & Self-Advocacy

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Career Planning
Resume Writing Workshop Job Shadowing Career Interests Inventory Electronic Portfolios

Planning Internships
Learning Styles Assessment

Linked-In Accounts
Text: 30 Ways to Shine as a

New Employee

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Career Exploration

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Career Exploration
National Disability

Mentoring Day
Students have the

opportunity to try out various career paths.


Student involvement in

campus clubs/events
UVM Job Fairs

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Career Exploration

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Career Exploration

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Work Experience
WCAX-TV Marche Bakery

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Work Experience
UVM Adventure Day Camp ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center

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UVM Peer Mentors


UVMentors

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Peer Mentoring
Brian Vedder: Role of the

Mentors

Attends class Review class Outline assignments (but students DO the work) Social & Recreational support

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Peer Mentoring
The fact that the students get this

opportunity is amazing. To imagine what they would like to do, and then be in a setting where they can achieve it, it sends chills down my spine. - Mentor Think College VT @JSC
This program opened a door to

diversity that I never considered, and Ill always be better for it. - Mentor Think College VT @JSC

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Technology

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Social Networking

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Video Links
Making the Grade
http://www.wcax.com/story/16943977/making-the-

grade-part-1 http://www.wcax.com/story/16953091/making-thegrade-part-2
Think College Vermont
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GZXuhW83RM

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Contact
Website:
http://www.uvm.edu/~cdci/thinkcollege/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/ThinkCollegeVT

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/thinkcollegevt

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Questions?

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