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
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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

GMSA’s 7 Habits Curriculum
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Becoming assertive Achieving goals


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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”

University of Vermont, 2013

Peer Mentoring
 Brian Vedder: Role of the

Mentors
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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 I‘ll 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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