ACCESS (Adult Curriculum for Community, Employment and Social Skills)
ACCESS is a community-based program for 18-22 year old students with disabilities. Under the supervision of qualified teachers, job coaches and communication specialists, students learn a variety of work and community living skills. Program staff and families work together to design an individualized transition plan based on student needs and interests. Students who complete the program are often ready for competitive employment positions and have the skills needed to participate in community activities.
Each student participates in a functional curriculum that emphasizes:
- social skills
- life skills
- community-based instruction
- work experience
- supportive employment
- transition skills
Students with disabilities will be most independent when provided with a highly structured positive learning environment. It is our belief that we must carefully assess and reassess a student's strengths and develop vocational training opportunities based on these strengths in order to better prepare our students for a quality adult life.
The ACCESS program believes that young adults with disabilities will benefit from exposure to a variety of classroom and community experiences built around structure. Our goal is independence, and for this reason the staff teaching methods and curriculum are developed around gaining independence. The methods of Project TEACCH and the Eden Institute Curriculum serve as the foundation for the ACCESS Program.
The target student for the ACCESS Program is a student with mild to moderate disabilities ranging in age from 18-22 and who is enrolled in the Broward County Public School System.
Students must meet the following criteria:
- Graduated with special diploma
- Able to navigate a large campus facility with little or no assistance
- Can communicate verbally or with a communication system with minimal assistance
- Willing to work in a variety of on- and off-campus job placements
- Can physically work up to 3-hour shifts
- Able to work productively under a variety of supervisors, teachers, or potential employers
- Demonstrate independence in personal hygiene routines