Accessible Academics offers a variety of workshops that use evidence-based curriculum in order to teach specific skills. These workshops are open to anyone interested in participating.
Academic Skills workshops will be offered via academic seminars to instruct students on such competencies as: academic insight; organization and planning; coursework and exams; and advocacy and involvement. A major focus of these workshop series will be on self-regulated learning, to help students plan and strategize, monitor their learning, then adjust their strategies to meet the learning goal.
Life Skills workshops will cover multiple skill areas necessary to ensure proper training in areas such as: money management; financial responsibility; food preparation, handling and safety; household management; personal identity; personal hygiene;l emergency preparedness and safety; transportation; planning and organization; health & wellness; and civic duty skills. Please keep in mind that not all of these areas will have workshops offered on them every semester.
Social Skills workshops will be based on the UCLA PEERS for Young Adults curriculum, developed by Elizabeth A. Laugeson. It covers the following topics:
How to choose appropriate friends
How to appropriately use electronic forms of communication
How to appropriately use humor and assess humor feedback
How to start, enter, and exit conversations between peers
How to organize successful get-togethers with friends
How to develop romantic relationships and use appropriate dating etiquette
How to handle arguments and disagreements with friends and in relationships
How to handle rejection, teasing, bullying, and rumors/gossip
Vocational Workshops will be broken down into multiple series. Vocational Series I focuses on work insight and job preparation. In Vocational Series II, students focus on employment searching and securing. Finally, Vocational Series III will touch on topics related to employment maintenance.
Executive Functioning Workshops
Executive Functioning workshop series teach students how to manage large tasks, prioritize, learn strategies to improve attention span, emotional regulation, and reflection. One of its components is Mindfulness-based to work on skills such as monitoring thoughts and feelings, develop coping mechanisms for difficult thoughts and emotions, building resilience and reducing reactivity.
Resource Center is a semi-supported work space where students can bring school work, workshop assignments, or life skills tasks that they would like assistance with. Students are expected to work independently on the task, but there are Coaches and other AcAd support staff available to answer questions and provide help when needed.