Monthly Archives: August 2011

You Wore What?: Discussing the Importance of Soft Skills

One evening while eating a quick supper at a local fast food restaurant, I noticed a young man saunter in and make his way to the counter. It quickly became apparent that he was requesting a job application. Being an … Continue reading

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Helping Students Connect Early to Lesser-Known College Resources

As August draws to a close, across the country young people are heading to or have already arrived at college, many for the first time. A new campus can be a scary place. So many things work differently than they … Continue reading

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Career Focused Projects Help Youth Explore STEM Careers

It’s never too early for young people to start exploring careers and developing skills they will need to pursue their career goals. In fact, these are two critical components of the Guideposts for Success in the area of Career Preparation … Continue reading

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The Challenges & Rewards of Disability Disclosure

My hands were shaking as I held the phone, and it was all I could do to keep from dropping it. My mother’s firm hand was on my shoulder. She said, “You know, it’s not the end of the world … Continue reading

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Combining High Expectations for Youth with Ongoing Support – The Essential Role of Family Involvement

As I look back at my personal journey, I can testify to the importance of family involvement, which is one of the Guideposts for Success, throughout a young person’s life. Far before I was even familiar with the term disability, … Continue reading

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Toolkit for Youth Contributes to Personal Assistance Services (PAS) Success Story

I have always been fiercely independent. From the time I was small, if you asked me if I needed help, my most common response would be “No thanks, I’ve got it.” When I was a teenager, I even went to … Continue reading

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My Internship – Transitioning to the “Real World”

In just a few weeks, I will begin my final (and terrifying) senior year at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where I am studying Comprehensive Special Education and Child Studies.  I have had the pleasure of spending the duration of … Continue reading

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From “Nice” to “Necessary”: RAMP & School Partners Make Career Exploration for Youth a Part of the Plan

For a few weeks now, we’ve been working on the annual report for the Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) by reviewing the quarterly reports from all 12 sites.  As our colleague, Jason Farr, explained in his recent blog, RAMP … Continue reading

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Universal Design for Learning: It’s Not Just for Disability Experts Anymore (The Confessions of a First-Time Teacher)

Dear English 101 students, If you’re reading this, then you’ve found me out. All that time I dazzled you with my knowledge of grammar and firm assignment deadlines, I was, like you, in a college freshman composition classroom for the … Continue reading

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