A CLSC (classic) student presents his PATH poster

Students with disabilities and their families face many uncertainties as they approach the end of high school, often because the students feel unprepared for the next step. In collaboration with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), CDS offers two transition programs for high school students that are designed to help them, their families and other team members consider options for the future, and take action. Information about each program is described below.

Edge Extension: for those eyeing college degrees

For students with disabilities who plan to pursue a college degree, Edge offers them a chance to enroll in college credit-bearing classes, live in a residence hall, and build greater self-awareness and self-advocacy skills in a higher education setting. They enroll in UD’s Edge Pre-College program, a 5-week summer offering for rising juniors and seniors in high school, and receive additional supports through “Edge Extension.” Through the Extension, they take a 3-credit course called Metacognitive Strategies and participate in weekly Academic Coaching sessions with CDS staff. Throughout, they learn to identify the skills and accommodations they need in order to be successful. After the summer, Edge Extension participants have the option to continue preparing for the transition to college through group video chats and individual meetings with CDS staff.

For more information about Edge Extension, contact Wes Garton at 302-831-7550 or wgarton@udel.edu.

Summer CLSC: acquiring life skills in a collegiate setting

The Summer Career & Life Studies Certificate (CLSC) Program is an intensive two-week exploratory and discovery learning opportunity for high school students with disabilities, ages 16 to 21. The program offers a carefully orchestrated, person-centered sequence of individualized and group activities that will result in creating a post-high school plan of action targeting goals for continuing education, training, apprenticeships, internships or career outcomes. Participating students also have opportunities to develop skills essential for independent living and social connecting.

Program activities will take place on campus at the University of Delaware from July 6 to July 17 and include job shadowing, course sit-ins, college visits and workshops on goals setting, self-advocacy and career exploration. Interested candidates must submit an application and participate in an interview. High school students with disabilities from all three counties in Delaware are welcome to apply for this free program.

Read about one student’s experience at a UD communications department.

Interested in applying for summer CLSC? Please review the 2020 application and call Rebecca Jewell at 302-831-7550 or rajewell@udel.edu.