The On Campus Transition (OCT) program would like to help current and developing postsecondary education programs for young adults with intellectual disabilities. Below is a list of technical assistance categories that could provide valuable information for programs similar to the OCT program. Please check back frequently; the information will be updated and changed as more information becomes available.
On Campus Transition Program:
The OCT program is funded through the McKay scholarship, Gardiner (PLSA) scholarship, Medicaid Waiver and private pay. Moreover, some projects conducted through the OCT program are supported through generation donation and collaboration of partners of professionals, organizations, and companies.
Think College provides different methods of paying for postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities.
The OCT program established a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of North Florida and the Arc Jacksonville for liability purposes. Additionally, at the end of the MOU is a Release of Liability. The Release of Liability explains the responsibility of the participant within the program; moreover, the release must be signed by all participants and guardians.
The OCT program is an experiential learning program; therefore, the OCT students learn skills through natural experiences that occur in postsecondary education settings. The students learn through peer mentoring; a volunteer matriculating UNF students will mentor an OCT student in social, academic, or wellness skills. Additionally, students involved in the OCT program choose two courses to take each semester at UNF. The courses taken are based on the established program of study the students develop upon entering the program though person centered planning. These UNF courses are the same courses any matriculating college student could take; therefore, the OCT students are taking courses alongside their peers without disabilities. OCT students audit the UNF classes.
For additional information about establishing an experiential learning opportunity, contact the Director, Bernadette Gismonde at email@example.com.
Think College provides resources about person centered planning through the use of handouts and websites.
Think College provides resources about financial aid through an online module, handouts, and presentations.
The OCT program established a Steering Committee during the initial stages of the program development. The Steering Committee was a group of individual from different agencies and community partners with the same goal in mind establishing the OCT program. When developing a program for young adults with intellectual disabilities in postsecondary education open and frequent communication is a must. Group efforts are needed in order to demonstrate the need and value of programs for these young adults.
To establish a steering committee to help start a program, one must think of different resources within your area. Some ideas for resources are:
The above list is not comprehensive but suggestions to begin your brainstorming process.
Additionally, utilize technology when establishing open communication. For example, there may be individuals that may want to be actively involved but cannot attend the meeting physically, consider using Skype or conference calls. Additionally, use email to send out reminders and updates of the status of the program. Always remember to be creative and patient when establishing open frequent communication.
Think College provides a list of websites that provides curriculum, tool kits, lessons and more regarding teaching self-determination.
On Campus Transition (OCT) is very active in campus membership. OCT is approximately a 95% total inclusion program; therefore, the large majority of the students' time are spent in the college setting with their peers. OCT is an AmeriCorps site where we utilize matriculated UNF college students to assist our students in four independent skill building areas: financial literacy; health, wellness and nutrition; work readiness; and academic advising. Students meet with our AmeriCorps staff members on a weekly basis in either small groups or one on one sessions. Students benefit from these sessions because they are interacting with peers and developing skills simultaneously.
Think College provides information about mentor training through modules, webinars, handouts and presentations.