(Attaining College or Careers to Explore Skills and Strengths) – Virtual
Taking Out the Trash: My Independent Living Toolkit from Cooking to the Closet
September 18: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
September 19: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The ACCESS Success (Attaining College or Careers to Explore Skills and Strengths) workshops provide a platform for youth to investigate employment and post-secondary topics in-depth both as a cohort experience and with individualized support. The 2-day long module in September will focus on independent living as we all continue to remain at home and become increasingly familiar with our living and workspaces. We will discuss everything around managing our independence from cooking and closet organization, to managing money and expenses, to discuss ways how youth can obtain additional blindness training from different skills centers. The cohort experience allows transitional age youth to support one another as they explore their strengths, identify interests, discover resources, and develop their identities to cultivate informed choice around the attainment of post-secondary outcomes.
ACCESS Success is a program designed for transition-age youth (ages 14-24) and comprises of separate 2-day monthly modules. The ACCESS Workshops provide a platform for youth to further explore a specific independent living, post-secondary, or employment topic in-depth from Friday-Saturday as well as meet new friends, blind/low vision mentors, and stay connected! The ACCESS Success pre-employment transition skills curricula and learning outcomes are intentionally designed to focus on the five (5) required pre-employment transition skills activities (DOR student services) under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Youth can join using their phone, tablet, or computer. The entire weekend module is 8 hours in length and held on Friday evening and Saturday.
1. Youth will receive counseling and opportunities for exploration and enrollment in comprehensive blindness skills centers and hear from programs around independent living.
2. Participants will practice critical work-readiness training to develop soft and independent living skills and including money management, foundational financial concepts, and spatial organization.
3. Students will receive instruction in self-advocacy refinement and increase connection to positive blind and low vision mentors doing Mentor Spotlight sessions.
4. The interactive and group-based structure nature of the ACCESS Success workshop provides opportunities for students to refine their workplace readiness soft skills including effective social and professional communication and emotional well-being all while building community with their blind and low vision peers.
5. Youth will continue to refine and receive support on around critical Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) concepts including assistive technology use and independent living skills.
If you or anyone you know is interested in joining ACCESS Success, please:
1. Contact your Department of Rehabilitation counselor to discuss workshop attendance and authorization.
2. Confirm attendance with Ann Wai-Yee Kwong, Transition Program Specialist, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 415-484-8377.
If you have any questions or would like to join the workshop, please contact email@example.com. NOTE, workshop attendance must be confirmed one week prior.