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Child Development/Education Task Force 2012-2016

Historical information through September 30, 2016

Child Development / Education

Meetings

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Executive Summaries

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Child Development and Education Task Force
The Child Development and Education Task Force focuses on early intervention, child development, and education. This includes engaging in advocacy and systemic change activities that assist individuals with developmental disabilities to maximize their educational potential, to be integrated and included in all facets of student life, and to benefit from lifelong educational activities.
Child Development and Education Task Force Projects
Early Steps Evaluator Credential
The Council is working with representatives from the Early Steps program to ensure the highest quality of assessment capacity through a credentialing process. The goal of eligibility evaluation is to ensure that children that are accurately and consistently identified for early intervention services. A credentialing process offers a uniform assessment, training, and coaching infrastructure that will improve both specificity and sensitivity of the assessment process. 
Disability Awareness through Language Arts and Literacy
The Council has created a guide that uses language arts and literacy lessons for families and parents to use to teach disability awareness to all children. This inclusive and comprehensive guide includes book suggestions and lesson plans for students in pre-K through 5th grade. These lesson plans are aligned with the Florida Standards and enable teachers to teach all children about disability awareness while continuing to address language arts and reading standards. The guide is available in English and Spanish on the Council’s website. A guide for students in grades 6 through 12, Disability Awareness through English and Language Arts, is in its final stages of development and will be available in May 2015.

English - http://www.fddc.org/sites/default/files/file/publications/English%20Disability%20Awareness%20Guide.pdf

Spanish - http://www.fddc.org/sites/default/files/file/publications/Spanish%20Disability%20Awareness%20Guide.pdf

 

Universal Design for Learning through Technology
Indian River, Gilchrist, and Nassau school districts are including students with developmental disabilities in general education classes through Universal Design for Learning strategies and a variety of innovative technologies. The technologies being used include the following: iPods, iPads, Apple TVs, Chromebooks, Smartboards, and more.
Project Achieve/VERTICAL Training Program
The Council is partnering with the Florida State College at Jacksonville along with Duval County School District, a very large district, and Nassau County School District, a very small district, to create an inclusive, career and technical (vocational) program for students with developmental disabilities. Students with developmental disabilities take classes alongside their peers without disabilities in programs such as welding, carpentry, childcare, hazardous waste disposal, cosmetology, automobile collision repair and distribution and logistics (warehouse management). The project is now in its fourth year and strives to find new and better ways to assist postsecondary students with disabilities to identify their career interests, earn certificates, and prepare for fulfilling careers.
Postsecondary Replication Guide
The Council is working to design a replication manual for career and technical education programs such as Project Achieve, and is expanding the manual to address implementation in career and technical centers as well as Florida Colleges. It is anticipated that the manual will be available on the FDDC website under the Council Resources section in March 2015. The Council has added a webinar component, which should be available in the summer of 2015. Two webinars are planned with the first being a brief overview webinar and the second a more in-depth, instructional webinar.
 
Expanding Career and Technical Education Opportunities for Students with Disabilities
The Council recently developed this webinar that describes how equal access to Career and Technical programs can be provided for all students. Jane Sylveria (Division of Career and Adult Education), Lynda Earls (Division of Florida Colleges) and Tury Lewis (Project 10) share their experience regarding entry requirements, exit requirements, available accommodations, duel enrollment, Federal laws, Florida State Statutes, support services, and more. The content of this webinar is relevant for staff of Florida Colleges, staff of Career and Technical Centers, and students with disabilities and their parents. 

Click Here to download the webinar   

The Council has created a guide that uses language arts and literacy lessons for families and parents to use to teach disability awareness 

 

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
Section 1: An Inside Look at Support Postsecondary Career and Technical Program at Florida State College at Jacksonville. This booklet provides an overview of Project Achieve, an inclusive program designed to expand access to Postsecondary Career and Technical programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Section 2: Launching a Support Postsecondary Career and Technical Program, is for those who are interested in replicating a Support Postsecondary Career and Technical Program at a public state college or community college. This section outlines the tasks involved in developing a program that provides a support system that assists students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to attend classes and earn certification alongside their peers without disabilities.
For a downloadable copy of these guides, Click Here for Section 1 and Click Here for Section 2

Let’s Get Everyone to Work – This initiative is designed to provide training, technical assistance and resources to employers and community stakeholders on employing individuals with developmental disabilities. The initiative partnered with Diane Wilkins Production to develop and disseminate three high quality videos. The videos are targeted to self-advocates, families, educators, community agencies, students in higher education, and employers to promote the use of best practices in high school transition programs that culminate in employment for students with developmental disabilities. An Employment Options Guide will be developed as part of year two of this project to help youth and adults navigate pathways to postsecondary education, training, and employment as well as the agencies and resources that can provide supports.

Let’s Get Everyone to Work: Resource Toolkit for Students and Families

This 45-minute video explores strategies and approaches that lead to successful employment and greater independence for individuals with developmental disabilities. It focuses on the importance of having high expectations for employment and independence and using a person-centered transition process that reflects the interests and abilities of the individual, while developing a collaborative and creative support network. Also included are 12 personal stories of individuals with developmental disabilities who are successfully employed or participating in postsecondary education. You may order one DVD online and make as many copies as you wish. If you need additional copies, please download from the website.

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Student Family Intro View Video
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Career Exploration View Video
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Let’s Get Everyone to Work: Marketing Toolkit for Employers

This five-minute video highlights the benefits of hiring people with developmental disabilities and the support that is available to help your business and your employee succeed. Also included are 10 personal stories of individuals who have become super employees with the support of their families, schools, employers, co-workers and communities.

Employer Intro View Video
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Let’s Get Everyone to Work: Teaching Toolkit for Pre-Service Professionals

This 45-minute video explores the role of educators, rehabilitation specialists, social workers and other professionals in supporting successful employment and greater independence for individuals with developmental disabilities. It focuses on the importance of having high expectations for employment and independence and using a person-centered transition process that reflects the interests and abilities of the individual. Also included are 12 personal stories of individuals with developmental disabilities who are successfully employed or participating in postsecondary education.

Pre-Service Professionals Intro View Video
Amanda View Video
Antionette View Video
Chelsea View Video
Edwin View Video
Jason View Video
JJEmpPs View Video
Jonathan View Video
KelseyPsEmp View Video
Misty View Video
Richard View Video
Shane View Video
MichaelPsEmp View Video
PsCareerExp View Video
PsCollegeExp View Video
PsMakingIt View Video
PsOnTheJob View Video

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