General Information

Summer Academy for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Enhancing Independence Skills for Students Transitioning to Post-Secondary Education

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The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (BVRS) in partnership with the Bureau of Special Education’s Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) , the PA Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH), and The Pennsylvania State University are pleased to offer the Summer Academy for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Enhancing Independence Skills for Students Transitioning to Post-Secondary Education.  It will be held July 8 through July 27, 2018, at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.

Academy Details:

  • A three-week experience available at no cost to parents and students building on current student skills and enhancing independence and self-advocacy skills for students transitioning to post-secondary education
  • Available at no cost to eligible students currently enrolled in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the 2017-2018 school year who anticipate attending a two/four year college or technical/trade school after graduation from high school *charges may apply to out-of-state students
  • Focus areas include: self-advocacy and networking skills, career awareness, social skills, communication access options awareness, and enhancing access technology skills
  • Students reside at Penn State in a dormitory, sharing a room with another student

Program content will include:

  • Career exploration to define students’ vocational direction
  • Enhancement of access technology skills
  • Development of self-advocacy skills, social skills and teambuilding
  • Awareness of different communication access options
  • Personal budgeting and types of financial aid for post-secondary education
  • Instruction on students’ rights and responsibilities for obtaining reasonable accommodations at an institution of higher education
  • NEW for 2018:   Three college credits awarded upon successful completion of all requirements of the Summer Academy.

Application Criteria:

Eligible applicants need to:

  1. Be currently enrolled in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the 2017-2018 school year.
  2. Be deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind. We welcome LSL students and those who use sign language.  Sign language interpreters, CART services and FM systems, and other auxiliary aids are available throughout the entire program.
  3. Can communicate fluently in their preferred method of communication.
  4. Have an identified post-secondary goal of enrolling in a post-secondary education program and a course of study preparing for that goal.
  5. Be an active participant with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.
  6. Be medically stable and able to independently maintain dietary restrictions or medication needs.
  7. Demonstrate a basic level of self-care with a potential for gaining independence.
  8. Demonstrate basic independent travel skills.
  9. Have an IEP or 504 Plan (must upload when applying for admission).
  10. Have a desire and willingness to participate in all activities at the Summer Academy.

Summer Academy Application Details:

 

First review for selection of students is 1/19/18, a maximum of 30 students will be accepted into the program.

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