Preparing for Postsecondary Education
Emerging & Promising Practices
DO-IT serves to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. It promotes the use of computer and networking technologies to increase independence, productivity, and participation in education and employment. The DO-IT Scholars program includes a live-in summer study program at the University of Washington and work-based learning experiences, as well as access to peers and mentors through electronic communication.
Participants report that access to adaptive technology, computers,
and the Internet enhanced the development of their social, academic
and career skills. As a result of their participation in DO-IT's technology-based
transition program, they report growth in: (a) preparation for college,
(b) Internet skills, (c) preparation for employment, (d) self-advocacy
skills, (e) computer skills, (f) independence, (g) perceived career
options, (h) social skills, (i) self-esteem, and (j) perseverance.
For more information, visit their Web site at http://www.washington.edu/doit/.
PEPNet, the Postsecondary Education
Programs Network, is the national collaboration
of the four Regional Postsecondary Education Centers for Individuals who are
Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Centers are supported by contracts with the U.S.
Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
The goal of PEPNet is to assist postsecondary institutions across the nation
to attract and effectively serve individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
iTransition is a free, online transition curriculum to help students who are deaf or hard of hearing prepare for life after high school. It includes four separate trainings with activities to help students learn about themselves, their career goals, and the skills they need to be successful in the future:
- Career Interests and Education Choices: It's My Plan!
- First Year College Success: Be the One!
- Essential Skills for College Living: It's My Life!
- eFolio: My Online Portfolio!
For more information, visit http://www.pepnet.org/itransition
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