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Archived News: Across Virginia
August 2011

Grant Awarded to VCU to Provide Opportunities for Local Young Adults with ID to Experience Success in College and Beyond!

VCU has been awarded a major grant to begin an inclusive, on-campus transition and postsecondary program for young adults with intellectual disabilities (ID). This five year initiative, called ACE-IT (Academic and Career Exploration: Individual Techniques) in College will support students with ID through a 30 month program by building a series of academic learning experiences for credit and non credit through the VCU course catalog. Young adults participating in the program will receive:

- Person centered planning guiding academic advising,
- Academic supports through the use of Education Coaches and universal design strategies,
- Career exploration and preparation,
- Social networking and social skill development,
- Financial literacy and planning, and
- Job placement and training activities.

ACE-IT in College will enroll approximately 20 students at VCU over the five year project. Beginning in the project's third year, the model will be replicated at two community colleges serving approximately 15 additional students ACE-It in College is a collaboration between the VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) and the Partnership for People with Disabilities. The grant is a part of Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information, contact Liz Getzel, (804)827-0748, lgetzel@vcu.edu or
Dana Yarbrough, (804)828-0352, dvyarbrough@vcu.edu.

 

Local Project SEARCH Effort Received Special Recognition at International Conference!

Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital (Richmond, VA) Project SEARCH received special recognition at the 2011 Project SEARCH International Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 12th. Each year Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Project SEARCH holds an annual international conference and awards ceremony. They recognize all Project SEARCH sites that have 80% to 100% employment rates. In the Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital project’s first year (2009-2010), all 6 students were hired into positions within Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital! Wes Thiss, St. Mary’s Hospital Business Liaison for the Project, and Jennifer McDonough, VCU Project Director, were present to receive the award. Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital Project SEARCH is unique from the other 200 replication sites. This site is a research site and requires that eligible students have Autism Spectrum Disorder to participate. The project is funded through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center is funded to conduct the research and collaborates with Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Project SEARCH, and Henrico County Public Schools.

 

ARC 2011 State Convention, “Achieve with Us,” Coming up August 11-13th in Virginia Beach.

The ARC of Virginia is gearing up for their 2011 Convention, August 11, 12, and 13th in Virginia Beach. In addition to a variety of breakout sessions on topics ranging from self-advocacy to state benefits and from trust planning to AAC, the convention will include a screening of the documentary "Wretches and Jabberers" as well as key note speeches from the primary role players in this movie, advocates Larry Bissonette and Tracy Tresher and their assistants. Don’t miss this opportunity!

More information:

ARC 2011 State Convention Flyer

 

ARC 2011 State Convention, “Achieve with Us,” Coming up August 11-13th in Virginia Beach.

The ARC of Virginia is gearing up for their 2011 Convention, August 11, 12, and 13th in Virginia Beach. In addition to a variety of breakout sessions on topics ranging from self-advocacy to state benefits and from trust planning to AAC, the convention will include a screening of the documentary “Wretches and Jabberers” as well as key note speeches from the primary role players in this movie, advocates Larry Bissonette and Tracy Tresher and their assistants. Don’t miss this opportunity!

More information:

http://www.thearcofva.org/docs/2011_conv_broc_and_reg.pdf

 

ASACV

The Autism Society of Central Virginia’s final movie for the summer Autism at the Movies Series will be “Wretches and Jabberers” August 30 at 6:30. “Wretches and Jabberers and Stories from the Road” is a feature documentary by academy award®-winning director Gerardine Wurzburg in which two men with autism embark on a global quest to change prevailing attitudes about disability and intelligence. With limited speech, Tracy Thresher, 42, and Larry Bissonnette, 52, both faced lives of mute isolation in mental institutions or adult disability centers. When they learned as adults to communicate by typing, their lives changed dramatically. Their world tour message is that the same possibility exists for others like themselves. At each stop, they dissect public attitudes about autism and issue a hopeful challenge to reconsider competency and the future. Along the way, they reunite with old friends from the USA, expand the isolated world of a talented young painter and make new allies in their cause.


For more information about the film, visit the Wretches and Jabberers website.

To see more information about this event and to RSVP, click here.

 

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