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Teaching Independent Living Skills in School - How do you do it?


We were recently asked by a member of a DB student's team for information on the transition services provided by other programs around the nation for DB high school students. The team would like for the student to be allowed to stay in the dorms so that he can better learn independent living skills. The administration is hesitant to allow this. What is happening where you are? How do teams help DB students to prepare to live independently after high school?

Jennifer Tarnay

Posted Apr 17, 2015 by Jennifer Tarnay

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Great question Jennifer. It remains one of the biggest challenges for systems , providers and families. I think you are on the right path in advocating for this young adult to learn and refine new skills in inclusive environments with opportunities and for equity and with it raised expectations. If this young adult has an opportunity to participate in a dual enrollment program of high school coupled with a college dorm experience this is a huge step in preparing for life after high school. There is some info on how others are enhancing the experiences of students with diverse academic and independent living backgrounds . ( not db specific stuff of course but our biggest hurdle is strategies to provide access)

Mike Fagbemi

Posted Apr 22, 2015 by Mike Fagbemi

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