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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Be Creative - Innovative Solutions for an Inclusive Life,” reminds us to think outside the box during times of uncertainty. Creativity, innovation, and determination can pave the way for meaningful and inclusive lives for people with disabilities.

Thursday, November 29 • 10:55am - 11:45am
How to Use Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Programs as a Pathway to Employment Filling

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Representation of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in employment and post-secondary education is historically and dramatically low in comparison to students without disabilities. In 2008, access for students with I/DD to a two or four year college was expanded by the passage of the Higher Education Opportunity Act. With increased access to post-secondary education comes a need for innovative employment and transition planning and practices in order to increase the likelihood of interest driven competitive integrated employment post-graduation. This presentation will look at how Virginia Commonwealth University's ACE-IT in College, a post-secondary program that serves a diverse socioeconomic and ethnic group of students with intellectual disabilities, autism, and multiple disabilities, prepares individuals for employment through innovative and inclusive practices. VCU's ACE-IT in College graduates have a 90% competitive integrated employment; which is dramatically above the 17% national average of individuals with intellectual disabilities obtaining employment. We will look at how students were able to achieve their career goals through planned, individualized, and systematic college course work that aligns with career interests, use of accessible technology, employment experiences, internships, evaluations, supports, and training.

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Jaclyn Camden

Business Liaison, VCU Center on Transition Innovations

Thursday November 29, 2018 10:55am - 11:45am
Douglas/Fir - Third Floor 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97201

Attendees (30)