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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer CLSC: acquiring life skills in a collegiate setting
Summer CLSC is a 3-phase program that supports students ages 16-21 in developing future goals, expanding their self-advocacy skills, and experiencing the next steps they need to take in order to reach their objectives. The program begins with a person-centered planning meeting in the spring, includes a one-week summer residential experience at the University of Delaware that offers a taste of its two-year Career & Life Studies Certificate college program, and then concludes in the fall and winter with periodic experiences in the students’ home community. During their week on-campus, students live in a residence hall, experience college classes and campus activities, build their networks and learn firsthand about the skills, education and experience required to pursue their career goals. Read about one student’s experience at a UD communications department. As part of the fall/winter activities, students are supported in communicating their experiences back to their families and teams, an important step in taking charge of planning their own future.