Transition program: College and Independent Living Services

The transition from high school to college or trade school and adulthood can be difficult. Students are more successful if they learn the skills and strategies needed to overcome challenges. Students are matched with a Coach who will guide and empower them to build resilience, critical thinking skills, and learn how they learn best so that the student can reach their goals. Our Transition Program is a package of services available to students who want the full support system that Accessible Academics offers. Students can customize the amount of each service to meet their needs, based on their goals.  The key to the Transition Program is that students receive coordinated services, with the Accessible Academics team working from the same Support Plan.  Our Transition Program is an eligible program through OPWDD Self-Direction.

Coaching – Available Remote & In Person

Coaching specific to supporting success in school, as well as transition from school to work. It includes academic coaching and advocacy, time management and organization support, and brainstorming solutions to problems and assignments. It can also include other skills support needed in the areas of life skills, social skills, vocational skills, etc. ACCES-VR: Counselors at ACCES-VR will determine the amount of time the student is allowed to receive. Coaching is reimbursed at the ACCES-VR pre-determined rate. SDS Transition Services: Coaching can be included as part of our transition program. Cost: $50/hour

Content Specific Tutoring – Available Remote & In Person

Tutoring that is content and subject specific. Tutors may be already hired staff by Accessible Academics or may be hired specifically to work with the student. Tutoring hours INCLUDE the amount of preparation time the Tutor takes to prepare for a tutoring session (i.e., refreshing themselves on a topic, locating and printing worksheets, readings, resources or activities to teach the student). ACCES-VR: Counselors at ACCES-VR will determine the amount of time the student is allowed to receive tutoring per week. Up to 7 hours per week can be allocated. SDS Transition Services: Tutoring can be included as part of our transition program. Cost: For those students that do not have ACCES-VR eligibility, tutoring will be privately billed at $35/hour.

Social Outings

Once per month, Accessible Academics will organize a group recreational outing for students interested in participating. Please note these activities will be catered to the participants attending and will be planned in accordance with student’s physical, mental and emotional abilities to participate. The cost of the admittance fee for attractions is included in the amount billed for this service up to $30. Example trips include going to the mall, museums, parks, zoo, etc. SDS Transition Services: Social outings can be included as part of our transition program. Cost: $80/month.

On-Call Services – Available Remote & In Person

On-call services refer to calls made to the coaches between 8pm and 8am and on days the coach is not scheduled to work. It also refers to direct calls made to the Transition Coordinator after 5pm and before 9am, or on holidays or weekends. The purpose of these calls can range from needing last minute support in academics, life skills, social skills, vocational skills, emergencies & incidents. On-Call Services DO NOT include conversations had during these times via TEXT message or only for the purpose of scheduling a meeting. SDS Transition Services: On call services can be included as part of our transition program. Cost: $50/hr.

Peer to Peer Mentoring – Available Remote & In Person

All students who enroll in Accessible Academics’ programming will receive the support of being matched to a peer mentor. This peer mentor is to support students when coaches are not available and in social situations. Peer Mentors are matched on a case by case basis (with student agreement) and are volunteers or interns. Most often, peer mentors are other students either at the student’s school or at the same residential campus as the student. Peer mentors will accompany students to events on campus or at Collegiate Village. Peer Mentors are funded by: Accessible Academics – FREE to students enrolled in programming offered by Accessible Academics.

Transition Program Financial Assistance