Title

Post secondary option for students with disabilities

First Presenter's Institution

Jacksonville State University

Second Presenter's Institution

Jacksonville State University

Third Presenter's Institution

Jacksonville State University

Fourth Presenter's Institution

Jacksonville State University

Fifth Presenter's Institution

NA

Location

Meet & Greet Poster Reception (Harborside)

Strand #1

Social & Emotional Skills

Strand #2

Family & Community

Relevance

Our final goal is to train students to be successful in the On To JSU program of study and reach the outcome of a post-secondary experience and competitive employment.

Brief Program Description

To qualify for On To JSU, students must have a previous Individualized Education Plan with a diagnosis of intellectual disabilities. Participants will take part in academic classes and social events with non-disabled peers, reside on campus, and complete an internship. They will be paired with a peer mentor and have the opportunity to enjoy an on-campus college experience while earning a certificate accredited by JSU and Alabama Commission on Higher Education.

Summary

The ON@JSU program has a program specific goal of training students to be successful in learning skills necessary for competitive employment. To meet these goals, students must complete necessary credits for graduation with a high school diploma or certificate, be at least 18 years of age, benefit from at least two (2) years in the program, have a documented Intellectual Disability (ID), initiated Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) process, have a desire to receive transition services in a university setting, exhibit a need and a desire for greater independence, be interested and capable of using public transportation to access the program (travel training to be provided by the program during orientation prior to the beginning of the academic year), be able to communicate effectively and appropriately with others, display a level of social maturity conducive to a university environment, be able to maintain appropriate personal self-care and hygiene, have own cell phone before entering the program, so program personnel can maintain contact, will benefit from participation in a variety of job shadowing and community internship experiences, have a desire to work competitively at the successful completion of the program, have a satisfactory record of attendance from previous schools, must agree to all rules in the JSU Student Handbook, must consent to being photographed, videotaped, interviewed, and/or quoted in media and publications, and understand that On To JSU would like for students to participate in research studies so that the effectiveness of this postsecondary transition program can be evaluated

Evidence

We had our first graduation of 4 students in May. Of the 4, all are already employed in competitive employment in their home communities because of the training in our ON2JSU program.

Format

Poster Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Larry Beard has almost 40 years of K-12 and higher education teaching experience in special education. He earned a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in special education from The University of Alabama. Upon taking a position teaching severely/profoundly/physically-impaired pre-schoolers, he continued his education and earned his M.A. in multiple disabilities, his Ed.S. in mental retardation, and his Ed.D. in multi-handicapped all from The University of Alabama. He teaches a variety of graduate and undergraduate classes in collaborative teaching, including a graduate level class in assistive technology.

Karen Carr is a Coordinator in the Curriculum and Instruction Department at Jacksonville State University School of Education. She is the Program Manager for On To JSU, a grant funded TPSID program. She is also the administrator for Transition University, a community based partnership with local high schools and the collaborative education program at JSU. Her educational background includes twenty-one years as a classroom teacher and instructional coaching in the public-school system for grades K-12. Before joining the JSU family, she served as an instructional coach and facilitated professional development as part of the Regional Support Staff with the Alabama Reading Initiative for the Alabama Department of Education. She holds a B.S. in English Language Arts Secondary Education from Auburn University at Montgomery and a M. Ed. in Instructional Leadership from Auburn University.

Keyword Descriptors

post secondary, transition, competitive employment

Presentation Year

March 2020

Start Date

3-9-2020 4:45 PM

End Date

3-9-2020 6:00 PM

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Post secondary option for students with disabilities

Meet & Greet Poster Reception (Harborside)

To qualify for On To JSU, students must have a previous Individualized Education Plan with a diagnosis of intellectual disabilities. Participants will take part in academic classes and social events with non-disabled peers, reside on campus, and complete an internship. They will be paired with a peer mentor and have the opportunity to enjoy an on-campus college experience while earning a certificate accredited by JSU and Alabama Commission on Higher Education.