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Program Development

In this section the reader will find the tools, strategies, and resources needed to understand, begin, or enhance an inclusive postsecondary education program.  These resources and tools are organized into five (5) categories from our own Florida Programs as well as from around the country; Programs of Study, Academic Supports, Assessments, Advising and Mentoring.

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Universal Design for Learning 

Universal Design for Learning for Postsecondary Education (UDL) is a new online module developed using UDL principles to teach postsecondary educators the concepts, strategies, and benefits of UDL.

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Florida Consortium’s UDL Online Module

The module was written by Mary Ann Gorman, a UDL expert and doctoral student in Special Education and Disability Studies, designed and developed by Lezlie Cline and the Florida Center for Interactive Media (FCIM) at Florida State University and developed in partnership with the Ohio State University Universal Design for Learning FAME module. This unique module has been intentionally written and designed using UDL principles to teach postsecondary educators the concepts, strategies, and benefits of UDL.

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Center for Applied Technology

The Center for Applied Special Technology, CAST, is a nonprofit research organization dedicated to improving education through Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The website includes learning tools and professional development in the area of UDL.

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Students Transitioning to Adult Roles: Using the Florida Consortium’s STAR Person Centered Planning Model 

The Florida Consortium on Postsecondary Education and Intellectual Disabilities developed a 25 minute webinar detailing the Students Transitioning to Adult Roles (STAR) Person-Center Planning (PCP) process.

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Student Portfolios at USFSP

This session will detail how Project STING RAY utilizes student portfolios to streamline programmatic processes. Using results from person-centered planning, the student portfolio is at the center of a student’s program and drives goal setting, progress monitoring, decision-making and planning of the program of study, internship placement, and more.

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Transition Success: Evaluation Techniques for Post Secondary Academic and Vocational Outcomes (2013)

During this session, participants will learn how vocational evaluations for persons with disabilities are completed by evaluators from Stand Among Friends. Through their unique combination of both psychological and situational assessments, they assist adults with developmental disabilities to find their strengths and connect those strengths with corresponding vocational and educational goals. Participants will also learn how assistive technology can be incorporated into the evaluation process.

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Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success

“Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success,” is a curriculum developed by ODEP focused on teaching “soft” or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities. Created for youth development professionals as an introduction to workplace interpersonal and professional skills, the curriculum is targeted for youth ages 14 to 21 in both in-school and out-of-school environments.

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The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities

The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities is designed for youth and adults working with them to learn about disability disclosure.

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Life Centered Education (LCE Transition Curriculum)

Discover how LCE can help you better prepare your students for independent and rewarding lives after they finish school.

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Money Smart

The FDIC’s new Money Smart for Young People series features four free age-appropriate curriculums that are designed to promote financial understanding in young people.

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FLRT -A Fluent Reading Trainer 

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Ascend Math

Ascend Math was created to provide that individualized assistance so badly needed by these students.  With individualized sequenced study plans focused on each student’s gaps, plus interactive instruction, multi-modal learning and ongoing assessment students often gain two or more grade levels in a semester.

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Think College

Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability.

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Paving the Way to Work: A Guide to Career-Focused Mentoring 

The creation of the Mentoring Guide is rooted in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy’s (ODEP) charge to find and promote the most effective research-based policies and practices to improve transition outcomes for youth with disabilities. Mentoring is recognized as one of the most important strategies for assisting youth in making a positive transition into adulthood. Both caring adults and peers may play a key role in mentoring.

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Think College LEARN 

Think College LEARN provides self-paced modules using multimedia tools such as videos, publications, interactive learning activities and podcasts to share information on topics related to postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities.

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Domains for Curriculum Framework

The Vertical Training (VT) program at Florida State College at Jacksonville offers students with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to enroll in career and technical postsecondary adult vocational (PSAV) classes.  The VT program also includes employment readiness training domains and competencies in its curriculum.

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Curriculum Scope and Sequence: CWE

Course Objectives for Vertical Program

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Project 10 STING RAY Curriculum Design Principles

The Model for the Consortium, Existing Programs, and Future IHE Model Sites.

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Project 10 STING RAY Curriculum Framework Domains

Curriculum Framework with objectives and specific focuses.

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Project 10 STING RAY Program Structure Competencies  

Sample competencies surrounding domain clusters.

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Project 10 STING RAY Competencies 

Project 10 STING RAY Competencies

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Project 10 STING RAY Curriculum Overview 

The STING RAY curriculum is individulalized, person-centered, and adaptive, based on the student’s individual needs, strengths, and interests, while providing instruction.

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USFSP STING RAY Curriculum

STING RAY uses a research-based individualized, person-centered, adaptive curriculum built upon the student’s individual needs, strengths, and interests.  The curriculum is a “clock hour” structure with 5 Domain Clusters: Career Development and Employment, Academic Enrichment, Campus and Community Engagement, Independent Living, and Self-Determination.

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Tracking Clock Hours

This chart is used to track student curriculum clock hours for the STING RAY program.  The design is built using an excel spreadsheet that enables the user to add or remove competences as needed.

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Developing a Postsecondary Career and Technical Education Program to Support Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Replication Guide Based on Project Achieve at Florida State College at Jacksonville

For this inclusive postsecondary career and technical education program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, this two section guide gives a program overview of Project Achieve (also called Project Vertical) and information on replicating this program at a public state college.  There are two accompanying webinars.

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Using Person-centered Planning Values and Tools in Postsecondary Education 

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FIU End of Semester Student Progress Report

The Student Progress Report for Faculty Advisors was developed by Panther Life FIU to be used at the end of the semester.

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Creating Effective Mentoring Partnerships for Students With Intellectual Disabilities on Campus

This study from a major American university explores key components for creating and improving postsecondary mentoring including training, communication, relationships, expectations, natural supports, independence, social needs, and inclusion.

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Equity and Excellence in Higher Education: Universal Course Design

This Web site has been designed for faculty, by faculty, to help you learn about Higher Education’s Universal Course Design (UCD) and includes tutorials, strategies, tools, resources, and examples.

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National Center on Universal Design for Learning

The National Center on Universal Design for Learning provides guidelines, examples, and resources supporting Universal Design for Learning for all ages.

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Establishing Inclusive Postsecondary Education Opportunities: Tips for Effective Communication

In this brief, tips are offered on starting an inclusive postsecondary educational initiative.

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Inclusive Higher Education Assessment Tool

This tool, developed by Think College, will assist programs that serve students with intellectual disabilities to determine current levels of implementation of eighty-eight key practices in inclusive higher education.

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Think College Standards, Quality Indicators and Benchmarks for Inclusive Higher Education

Think College has developed standards, quality indicators, and benchmarks for assisting institutions in evaluating their programs.

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Completing the Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) Application

This webinar assisted participants interested in completing the Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)

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Becoming a Comprehensive Transition Program

This checklist was developed by Think College as a tool for programs to use when completing the Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary (CTP) program application for federal student aid (Title IV).

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Mentor Application

The mentor application from Florida International University include a program description, academic and peer mentor descriptions, and blank application.

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Project Panther LIFE : Panther Learning Is For Everyone

This form is the Panther Life Communication and Activity Log used by peer coaches to identify and reflect upon accomplished and pending activities between the peer coach and the students.

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STING RAY Academic Mentor Activity Log

Sample supplemental form for academic mentors to log activities.

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STING RAY Community Mentor Activity Log

Sample Time Report form for community mentors.

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STING RAY Intern Evaluation Form

Intern Evaluation Form

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STING RAY Professor Evaluation Form

Survey for professors/instructors upon completion of the student’s class.

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STING RAY Student Evaluation of Course

Evaluation for students to complete at the conclusion of their class.

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The Arc Jacksonville Academy's (OCT) on Campus Transition Mentoring Handbook

The On Campus Transition (OCT) Mentoring Handbook includes an explanation of the difference types of mentors at the University of North Florida OCT program.

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Florida International University (FIU) "Academic Mentoring and Peer Coaching Orientation and Training

The “Academic Mentoring and Peer Coaching Orientation and Training” provides a view of Project Panther Life and the importance of mentoring for the students.

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FIU's Course Instructor Packet

The Course Instructor Packet for Florida International University’s Project Panther LIFE: Panther Learning is for Everyone contains an assortment of documents including a program abstract, introductory letter, student accommodations, and additional forms needed by faculty.

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FIU's Letter of Introduction

The Letter of Introduction for Florida International University’s Project Panther LIFE: Panther Learning is for Everyone contains a brief explanation of the program, the course and section number with the Panther LIFE student, and follow up contact information for faculty.

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Sample Introduction Letter

Sample Letter of Introduction to Professors

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Inclusive Higher Education: The Path to a New Future for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

This presentation will provide a big picture perspective on the current landscape of postsecondary education options for students with intellectual disabilities.

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Postsecondary Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

This presentation from the 2014 Florida CASE 17th Annual Summer Leadership Institute details the consortium objectives as well as provides an update of existing programs and student outcome data collected in Florida. 

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Providing Student Vocational Supports Using Continuing Education

This presentation outlines the plan to begin building your post-secondary program using continuing education as the primary support.

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Rights of Students with Disabilities in CTE Programs

This presentation highlights legislation dealing with requirements for career education program basic skills.

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Setting Up Student Orientations for your Program

This presentation discusses summer orientations that serve to acclimate new students to the two programs offered by both institutions.

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Comprehensive Transition & Postsecondary Programs & Title IV Federal Student Aid Eligibility

This session provided information on financial support for students with intellectual disabilities. Specifically, Foss details how students in CTP programs can receive financial aid, including eligibility requirements for both programs and students.

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Mentor Scenarios

This presentation offers practical solutions to assist mentors in open discussions on how to address certain situations.

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Success Strategies for Supporting Career/Tech Students

This session is designed to share helpful strategies used to identify, connect, and secure appropriate supports for students of Project Achieve and the VERTICAL program who were struggling in their vocational classes.

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Coaching and Mentoring - A Think College Learn Module

This section of the Think College website offers a list of resources for establishing mentorships for programs for people with intellectual disabilities to attend college.

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Mentor Application-Sample

This link is a blank sample mentor application which enables potential mentors to identify their availability and areas of mentoring interest.

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Project Panther LIFE Communication & Activity Log

This form is the Panther Life Communication and Activity Log used by peer coaches to identify and reflect upon accomplished and pending activities between the peer coach and the students.

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Best Practices from Lynn University: Choice, Voice and Possible Selves

This Hartwick Symposium session captures how the ACCESS Program at Lynn University has integrated with the campus and supported each ACCESS student on their own personal journey to attain maximum potential as workers, learners and people.

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The Florida Consortium's Debut of the Universal Design for Learning Postsecondary Online Module

Universal Design for Learning for Postsecondary Education (UDL) is a new online module developed through a team effort led by Mickie Hayes, Director of the Florida Consortium on Postsecondary Education and Intellectual Disabilities.

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