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World of Work or College – – which is right?

Success in the New Economy is a video that may be interesting to share with your children/students as they are pondering what path to pursue after high school.

In a day and age where we are constantly pushing for more and more training, it’s important to remember that there are many ways to accomplish this besides by going to college and ending up with huge student loan debt that needs to be repaid.  There are many jobs available today,  for skilled workers.  What does that have to do with special education?  It’s critical that  students  have the opportunity to take as many hands-on career and technical classes as possible – – if this is a possible career interest area.  It’s important that they experience first hand the satisfaction (and sometimes frustration) of making/creating something on their own.  It’s important that they learn how to “do” and not just learn how to “sit!”

While it is true that some of our children/students will be working at high tech jobs that haven’t even been created yet, it is also true that there remains an important market for skilled workers.  Any of you who have needed an electrician to rewire a room, or a plumber to unclog your toilet, or a painter to transform drab into designer  knows exactly that.  We all have unique strengths, interests, and abilities, and it’s important for our children/students to explore what the best path is for them to take.



Thanks Sean & Karen, and Landmark College!

We have a wonderful training last Wednesday, April 10th, in spite of the winter weather up north!  Sean Roy, from the PACER Center, and Karen Thompson, from the ASK Resource Center offered a wealth of information to help us think outside the box when it comes to work opportunities for our students.  It was great to work in groups and to have time to brainstorm.

Sean shared an excellent resource from Landmark College for parents and students, that has a simple checklist to see if students are prepared for the challenges of college level work.  The guide is called “Guide to Assessing College Readiness:  for Parents of College-Bound Children with Learning Disabilities or AD/HD.”  It breaks the questions down into five categories with five questions each:  Academic Skills, Self-Understanding, Self-Advocacy, Executive Function, and Motivation and Confidence.

To give you a taste, the five questions in the Academic Skills category are:

1. Can you read up to 200 pages in a week?
2. Do you have a system for taking notes?
3. Can you write a paper of 10 or more organized pages that refers to two or more sources?
4. Do you have a system for preparing for tests and exams?
5. Can you clearly summarize a college-level reading assignment?

This resource is a great way to open up a conversation with your child/student.  Check it out, and use it whenever you need it.  And thanks to Landmark College for developing such a great tool!