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Al pensar en prepararse para la edad adulta cuando su hijo/a se acerca al termino de la escuela secundaria, piense en el Programa de Estudios de Carrera y Comunidad de la Universidad Estatal de Portland (PSU) que ofrece un programa inclusivo de cuatro años una experiencia universitaria que fomenta el empleo, las habilidades de vida diaria independiente y la autodeterminación.
Aprenda más sobre el programa y lo que los estudiantes y padres que actualmente están en este programa tienen que decir:
El estudiante universitario Massoud Beardsley es un estudiante de segundo año del programa de Estudios de Carrera y Comunidad en la Universidad Estatal de Portland. Junto con otros estudiantes de PSU, Massoud ha completado cursos como Salud, Felicidad y Derechos Humanos; Escritura creativa; Cultura popular; e Introducción a la actuación. Massoud también trabaja medio tiempo en el Centro de Recreación de PSU junto con otros estudiantes de esta misma universidad. Le encanta el béisbol y pertenece al Club de Béisbol de PSU, que compite con equipos de otras universidades del noroeste. En su tiempo libre, sale con amigos y ellos disfrutan de una variedad de actividades dentro y fuera del campus.
Actualmente, hay 20 estudiantes universitarios en el programa CCS. El primer grupo de cinco estudiantes se graduará este año, recibirá sus certificados y participará en la ceremonia de graduación.
Empleo. La facultad y el personal de CCS han apoyado a cada estudiante para obtener un empleo pagado competitivo e inclusivo dentro de su primer año del programa. Los estudiantes reciben ayuda de trabajo individualizado y entrenamiento laboral. Los estudiantes trabajan junto con otros estudiantes de PSU en trabajos como en el jardín infantil del campus, en mantenimiento de jardines e instalaciones, en el Centro de Recreación, el Pabellón Vikings, la librería y la biblioteca. Algunos estudiantes también trabajan con empleadores fuera del campus, como por ejemplo Target, Smith Tea, Moda Center y Northwest Disability Support. Durante su tercer y cuarto año, los estudiantes de CCS se enfocan en conseguir un empleo antes de graduarse, en un trabajo centrado en su carrera que coincida con lo que les gusta e interese y que sea fuera de PSU.
Cursos Académicos. Cada estudiante cuenta con el apoyo del personal de CCS, consejeros académicos (que son estudiantes graduados en educación), el Centro de recursos para estudiantes con discapacidad de PSU y la facultad, para poder completar cursos académicos con otros estudiantes de PSU. El alumno selecciona estos cursos académicos de acuerdo a sus intereses y objetivos profesionales. Los estudiantes de CCS completan uno o más cursos en estudios universitarios junto con otros estudiantes de PSU tales como Portland; Inmigración, Migración y Pertenecer; Familia y sociedad; y otros. Los estudiantes también seleccionan una variedad de cursos ofrecidos por otros departamentos de PSU, tales como discurso público, introducción a la actuación, e introducción a los estudios de niños y familias. Además, los estudiantes disfrutan de clases como baile de salsa, entrenamiento con pesas y coro universitario.
Vida independiente. Los estudiantes de CCS aprenden habilidades de vida independiente mientras recorren el campus, manejan sus horarios personales y usan el correo electrónico y los mensajes de texto para comunicarse. Como Maddy Schumacher, una estudiante de tercer año de CCS, que describió sus actividades durante un período: “Tomé Inmigración, Migración y Pertenecer, ¡trabajé en el Centro de Recreación de PSU! … Me preparé para las reuniones y la clase y el trabajo y [llegué a mis citas] a tiempo”
Actividades de la vida en el campus. CCS alienta a los estudiantes a involucrarse en la vida del campus, incluidas las actividades sociales, deportivas, recreativas y de servicio voluntario. Cada estudiante de CCS puede elegir tener un “compañero navegador”, un estudiante de PSU que se une al estudiante de CCS para explorar y participar en las actividades del campus. Así es como Maddy describió algunas de las actividades de su vida en el campus: “Salgo con [mi compañero de navegación] y almuerzo y juego juegos con [amigos]. ¡Fui a caminar en la nieve y hacer kayak en los viajes al aire libre de PSU!”
Asya Beardsley, madre del estudiante de segundo año de CCS Massoud Beardsley, describió las actividades de Massoud con su compañero de navegación, “Massoud y su compañero de navegación se ofrecieron como voluntarios en el banco de alimentos, fueron a hacerse masajes … fueron a los juegos de baloncesto de PSU, fueron a un Juego de los Pioners … han ido a hacer yoga … Ellos no siempre terminan haciendo las mismas cosas. Ellos tienen la intención de hacer algo realmente divertido y diferente, algo que a ella le gustaría o algo que a él le gustaría hacer”.
Resultados. Los padres han observado resultados positivos para sus hijos e hijas que están participando en CCS. Conrad Schumacher, el padre de Maddy, explicó: “Casi todos los que ven a Madeliene dicen:” Dios mío, ¿qué ha sucedido? “. El crecimiento que ha logrado es fantástico. Puedo ver esto como … padre …, pero cuando veo viejos amigos que no la han visto por un tiempo o mi madre que la ve de vez en cuando, ellos notan más estos grandes avances …, este es un signo de altas expectativas: ese tipo de expectativas altas y razonables [del Programa CCS de PSU] y ella realmente está respondiendo a estas … Este es un crecimiento constante en todos los sentidos, pero especialmente en su habilidad para navegar las complejidades del mundo “.
La madre de Rachel, Ann Esteve, resaltó que: “… esto no ha sido solo un experimento, ha sido una verdadera experiencia universitaria. En el pasado pensábamos en que tal vez asistiera al community college o tomara algunas clases, así es que en realidad es totalmente increíble que ella esté aquí en PSU “
Orientación para nuevos estudiantes de CCS. En presentaciones recientes, dos estudiantes del último año de CCS, que se graduarán en 2020, dieron consejos para los estudiantes que están comenzando en el programa de CCS.
Will Larson comentó: “Mi consejo para un estudiante de primer año es que no te rindas. La Universidad puede ser difícil a veces, pero todos somos inteligentes, y tú puedes hacer cualquier cosa que te propongas. Si algo es difícil de hacer puedes pedir apoyo a los maestros y mentores, pero lo más importante es que el Programa CCS siempre puede ayudarte “.
Rachel Esteve exclamó, “Mi consejo para tí es que seas tú mismo. Y que te diviertas siéndolo.”
¿No estás listo/a para aplicar? Puedes aprender más acerca de este programa asistiendo a una de las próximas NOCHES DE INFORMACIÓN!
In thinking about preparing for adulthood as your child nears the end of high school, Portland State University’s Career and Community Studies program provides an inclusive, four-year college experience that fosters meaningful employment, independent living skills and self determination.
Learn more about the program, and what current students and parents have to say:
College student Massoud Beardsley is a sophomore in Career and Community Studies at Portland State University. Side-by-side with other PSU students, Massoud has completed courses such as Health, Happiness and Human Rights; Creative Writing; Popular Culture; and Introduction to Acting. Massoud also works part-time at the PSU Recreation Center along with other PSU students. He loves baseball and belongs to the PSU Baseball Club, competing with teams from other NW colleges. In his spare time, he hangs out with friends, and they enjoy a variety of activities on and off campus.
Currently, there are 20 college students in the CCS program. The first group of five students will graduate this year, receiving their certificates and participating in commencement.
Employment. The CCS faculty and staff have supported every student to gain inclusive competitive wage employment within their first year of the program. Students receive individualized job development and job coaching. Students work alongside other PSU students in jobs such as campus child care, groundskeeping and facilities maintenance, the Recreation Center, the Vikings Pavilion, the bookstore, and the library. Some students also work for off-campus employers, such as Target, Smith Tea, Moda Center, and Northwest Disability Support. During their third and fourth years, CCS students focus on achieving employment prior to graduation in a career-focused job that matches their interests, outside of PSU.
Academic Courses. Every student is supported by the CCS staff, academic coaches (who are graduate students in education), the PSU Disability Resource Center, and the faculty, to complete academic courses with other PSU students. These academic courses are selected by the student, based upon their interests and career goals. CCS students complete one or more courses in University Studies along with other PSU students, such as Portland; Immigration, Migration and Belonging; Families and Society; and others. Students have also selected courses offered by a variety of other PSU departments, such as Public Speaking, Introduction to Acting, and Introduction to Child and Family Studies. Additionally, students enjoy classes such as Salsa Dancing, Weight Training, and University Choir.
Independent Living. CCS students learn independent living skills as they navigate the campus, manage their individual schedules, and use email and text messaging to communicate. As Maddy Schumacher, a CCS junior, described her activities for one term, “I took Immigration, Migration, and Belonging,..I worked at the PSU Rec Center! …I prepared for meetings and class and work and [got to my appointments] on time.”
Campus Life Activities. CCS encourages students to become involved in campus life, including social, athletic, recreational and volunteer service activities. Each CCS student can choose to have a “peer navigator”, a PSU student who joins the CCS student in exploring and engaging in campus activities. Here is how Maddy outlined some of her campus life activities, “I hang out with [my peer navigator] and eat lunch and play games with [friends]. I went snowshoeing and kayaking with PSU Outdoor trips!”
Asya Beardsley, mother of CCS sophomore Massoud Beardsley, described his activities with his peer navigator, “Massoud and his peer navigator have volunteered at the food bank together, they got massages together…they’ve gone to PSU basketball games, they went to a Trailblazers game… they’ve gone to yoga…They don’t end up always doing the same thing. They’ve really intended to do something really fun and different, something she would like or something he would like.”
Outcomes. Parents have observed positive outcomes for their sons and daughters who are participating in CCS. Conrad Schumacher, Maddy’s father, explained, “Almost everyone that sees Madeliene says, ‘Oh my gosh, what has happened?’ The growth that she’s made is just phenomenal. I can see this as a…father…, but when I see old friends that haven’t seen her for a while or my mom who sees her every once in a while, [they see] these great strides…, that’s that sign of high expectations – that sort of high, reasonable expectations [of the PSU CCS Program] and she is really responding to those…This constant growth in really all ways, but especially in her ability to sort of navigate the complexities of the world.”
Rachel’s mother, Ann Esteve, remarked, “…it hasn’t just been an experiment, it’s been a genuine college experience. In the past we thought maybe community college or some classes, and it’s kind of a mind-blower that she’s here at PSU.”
Advice for new CCS students. In recent presentations, two CCS seniors, who will graduate in 2020, gave advice for beginning CCS students.
Will Larson remarked, “My advice to a first year student is don’t give up. College might be difficult at times but we are all smart, you can do anything you put your mind to it. If something’s hard use support like teachers and mentors, but more importantly the CCS Program always can help.”
Rachel Esteve exclaimed, “My advice for you is to be yourself. And have fun with it.”
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Have you ever struggled to participate in an activity that was inaccessible to you? Have you felt or seen the tears, frustration, and sadness that result?
At FACT Oregon, we interact with families every day whose children are told they can’t participate. Or only in a limited way. Or only in a certain place. Or only if it’s not “too hard.”
FACT Oregon created the All Ability Tri4Youth to provide youth with and without disabilities an opportunity to compete together in a triathlon open and accessible to all. Participation in community sports and recreation is a key aspect of pursuing a whole life for many families. All our kids deserve to participate in a way that celebrates their effort, recognizes barriers, and addresses their needs so that they can be successful.
Read this story from Angie Sims about her daughter’s experience:
“It is often difficult for Ruby to participate in organized sports or events. She has a hard time following concepts and directions. Ruby has several diagnoses that help explain why Ruby “does life” a bit differently — epilepsy, autism, ADHD…but for us, it’s just Ruby! This year Ruby, participated for the first time in FACT Oregon’s All Ability Tri4Youth. She had fun, and so did we!
Ruby succeeds best when she can watch and then do and when she is familiar with a venue. Thankfully, FACT Oregon allowed participants to come the day before to drop off bikes, see the facilities, and look at the course. They shared a social story and communication board, and we watched a video about the event. We talked about how everyone participates differently. Ruby felt very independent and empowered participating with her teammate and caregiver Dawn while we cheered her on from the sidelines. Although she was nervous, she was also excited, and with everyone cheering for her, Ruby felt like a star! She was able to take that energy and stay focused through the finish line.
At the All Ability Tri4Youth, everyone is a winner. Every participant is genuinely supported, and the event is relaxed, sensory friendly, and with no expectations except to have FUN. And really, that is our main focus in life. At other events, we feel the need to explain Ruby’s behaviors or teach her social norms she doesn’t fully grasp. But at FACT Oregon, we just see acceptance.
For us, the All Ability Tri4Youth is a fun way to be a part of something bigger. It is truly magical to be involved in a community that allows us all to recognize life for what it really is. I give thanks for Ruby leading me to this place in life and thank FACT Oregon for the ongoing education, support, and unique events to allow us to come together and witness greatness in all of its forms!”
But FACT Oregon needs your help. The All Ability Tri4Youth is one of many ways we support families and connect them to resources and community. Our trainings and peer support line help families get information and guidance on special education, disability services, behavior, assistive technology, visioning, community access, planning for adulthood, and more. This year, we are traveling across the state with our free day-long Regional Learning Summits. And our support team is busy connecting with families by phone and email in English and Spanish, and working through interpreters in other languages.
Your generosity ensures our ongoing ability to support families experiencing disability.
We are grateful to The Collins Foundation for a 1:1 CHALLENGE MATCH.
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Did you feel nervous on your child’s first day of school? Do you struggle to articulate a vision for the future while attending to your child’s day-to-day needs?
You’re not alone. Read Rae Lyn Jones’ story:
“FACT Oregon has been an important part of our life since Liam started kindergarten. Liam has complex disabilities associated with cerebral palsy, including quadriplegia, a brain injury, and a long list of complex health complications.
My anxiety level was through the roof when I imagined what Liam’s school day might look like. Thankfully, I attended FACT Oregon’s class on Transition to Kindergarten. It gave me insight on how to talk to Liam’s school team. I felt empowered to advocate for the desires we have for our son’s school experience. We wanted Liam to be in a general education classroom with his non-disabled peers.
At our first school meeting, we got pushback. The school team suggested Liam be in a medically fragile classroom with the nurses. But Liam is just like any other boy his age. He feels the same. He has the same interests and desires. I couldn’t think of any good reason to exclude him from his peers. I called FACT Oregon and spoke to an encouraging Family Support Specialist. She helped me understand and better articulate that our desire for Liam to be included in general education was in line with the intent of IDEA (The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.)
Flash forward to today. Liam is in 5th grade and included in a general education classroom with his non-disabled peers. He has a nurse with him during the school day to meet his medical needs. Most importantly, he is thriving. Liam’s classmates are growing into compassionate, kind, empathetic kids by being with Liam. They want to help him be part of it all. They push his wheelchair, help him access things in the classroom, read with him, watch out for him, include him. Liam is by all definitions just one of the guys! Thank you, FACT Oregon for providing me with the tools to help my son succeed in his school environment.”
FACT Oregon’s Family Support Specialists are highly trained to support families and connect them to resources and information on special education, disability services, behavior, assistive technology, visioning, planning for adulthood, and more. Our staff are parents of youth experiencing disability. We support families in English and Spanish every day and work through interpreters in many other languages.
In 2018-19, FACT Oregon connected with families like Liam’s 9,480 times to address their unique and individual situations, a 31% increase over last year!
Your generosity ensures our ongoing ability to support families experiencing disability.
We are grateful to The Collins Foundation for a 1:1 CHALLENGE MATCH.
Donate today to take advantage of this special 1:1 match of first-time and increased gifts!
By Lucia A.
When Alex was diagnosed with autism back in March of 2009, our whole world came crashing down on us. With his diagnosis came a lot of no’s, closed doors, never’s and many people walked away. But regardless of who was by our side, we always had thing for sure, our will to keep fighting for our son. We knew we couldn’t give up, we kept knocking on doors until one opened. Alex has so much potential, we just needed to find people who believed in him as much as we did. FACT Oregon did just that, last summer we attended their triathlon (the All Ability Tri4Youth) and one of our biggest dreams for Alex came true.
Alex was so happy and excited to be a part of it, he had it saved in his calendar for months since he found out about it. He counted down the days until it was time to be part of the big event. As his mother I truly didn’t know what to expect, all I knew was that I was immensely happy and grateful that we were part of such a beautiful event who welcomed our son and saw him as the amazing soul that he is. Our best friends and immediate family were there to cheer Alex on, which meant the world to me. Alex and his sister were both participating, our daughter was so proud to be running along side her brother. Seeing her supporting him in such a way warmed our hearts and reminded us that all of the pain we have been through has made us that much closer.