How can you prepare for an inclusive post-secondary program?
Students who have intellectual disabilities and are considering applying to a four-year, inclusive residential college program can prepare for the opportunity in a number of ways. Here are a few recommendations:
- Take a lead in your IEP...share your goals, your hopes and dreams and include your wish to attend college
- Volunteer with an organization that matters to you
- Get a job
- Attend a summer camp away from home
- Continue learning in an area of interest that excites you
- Begin to take public transportation with support
- Make appointments for yourself
- Fill out forms for yourself
- Practice communicating with email (get an email pen pal)
- Walk around your neighborhood with support and then try it on your own
- Do chores around the house
- Begin cooking for yourself
- Get a debit card and begin watching how you spend money
- Keep reading, keep writing, keep learning
- Plan a party, an outing, a fun activity...anything
- Set your own alarm and get yourself together in the morning
- Learn how to do your own laundry
- Practice problem-solving...if something doesn’t work out, try a different way
- Make a plan for what to do if you get lost and then practice - use the map available on your phone
Think College is the clearing-house of information for these inclusive college programs. There are tremendous resources available on Think College. This includes webinars, program descriptions about different college options, explanations on outcomes for these programs and resources to prepare for college.
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