Improving Postsecondary Education Outcomes for Students with I/DD and TBI: A Description of Two Studies conducted by VCU and KSU (Session 7B)
Main Topic: Transition, Inclusive Postsecondary Education, and Self Determination
Session Type: Skill Share
This presentation focuses on two studies conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University and Kent State University for the RRTC on Employment of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities. The first study examines the effects of implementing an online course, coupled with technical assistance for trained personnel providing employment supports in higher education for students with I/DD. The course and technical assistance is based on expertise gained from over 10 years of implementing VCU’s inclusive higher education program for students with I/DD, ACE-IT in College. While taking inclusive academic coursework, 100% of ACE-IT in College students are working in paid campus jobs that are supported by highly-trained employment staff. ACE-IT in College has a 90% post-graduation employment rate. During this presentation, the presenters will discuss the components of the course developed to assist other college staff to increase on-campus paid employment for students to aid in their career preparation for employment post-graduation. Components of the course include in-depth ways to get to know students to ensure campus employment is aligned with interests, skills, and needs, how to facilitate effective job development utilizing traditional and customized approaches, strategies to providing individualized jobsite training supports, and how to assist students in transitioning from college to their careers while maximizing collaborative efforts with community partners. Session participants will learn about how year-long technical assistance is structured and delivered to interested universities and colleges following the completion of the course. The second study conducted by Kent State University will discuss the impact of Cognitive Support Technology and customized vocational case management on the academic and employment outcomes of college students with traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Session participants will learn about CSTs and the range of products and technologies from mainstream everyday technologies such as tablet computers to specialized devices designed for specific goals such as step-by-step instruction in the performance of a particular task. Presenters from VCU and Kent State will describe some of the challenges they have faced initiating studies during a pandemic on college campuses across the country. They will discuss how they have had to adapt their approaches to continue with their studies.
- Understand a study within the context of inclusive higher education programs and the need for increased on-campus employment and career planning.
- Gain information on strategies and resources to increase on-campus paid employment opportunities for college students with I/DD
- Understand the importance of building partnerships with employers and community organizations to build a comprehensive employment component in inclusive higher education programs.
- Understand the focus of a study to increase the academic and employment outcomes of college students with TBI.
- Gain information and resources on Cognitive Support Technology and its use to improve academic and employment outcomes for college students with TBI.
Mrs. Jaclyn CamdenVCU RRTC on Employment of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities - Study Lead
VCU RRTC on Employment of Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities
Jaclyn Camden, M.Ed. is a faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University and has been supporting individuals with disabilities in a variety of capacities for over 10 years. She has experience with research and demonstration projects that look at planning for and supporting employment for individuals with disabilities in K-12, postsecondary education, and the community. Jaclyn serves as the career coordinator for VCU’s postsecondary education program for students with I/DD: ACE-IT in College. Jaclyn is the study lead for Effects of Trained Personnel Providing Employment Supports in Higher Education on the Employment Experiences of College Students with I/DD: A Quasi-Experimental Study.
Dr. Phillip Rumrill University of Kentucky, Human Development Institute - Professor/Director of Research and TrainingDr. Phillip RumrillUniversity of Kentucky, Human Development Institute - Professor/Director of Research and Training
University of Kentucky, Human Development Institute
Phillip Rumrill, Ph.D., CRC, is a Professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Counselor Education at the University of Kentucky (UK) in Lexington. He also serves as Director of Research and Training in the UK Human Development Institute. Dr. Rumrill\’s direct service experience includes substance abuse counseling, academic advising and accommodation planning with postsecondary students with disabilities, vocational guidance and career counseling with a variety of disability populations, and vocational expert services in civil litigation. Dr. Rumrill’s research interests include aging and disability, issues facing students with disabilities in higher education, assistive technology and reasonable accommodations, chronic illness, the career development implications of disability, workplace discrimination, program evaluation, research design and methodology, and self-advocacy strategies for people with disabilities.