The Tennessee Department of Education has worked to ensure all students, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), have an opportunity to engage in rich, meaningful learning that will lead to post-secondary success. The four state approved diploma options create opportunities for individualized planning aligned to a student's personal goals. Participants will learn about the path to developing the diploma policies and the requirements and implications of each.
Some students are interested in continuing their education and vocational skills while attending a college program. Next Steps at Vanderbilt is one of these programs. Next Steps is the only inclusive higher education program offered at a top 20, tier-one Research University. The first class of students was accepted in 2010. Highlights of Next Steps includes growing from a 2 year program to a 4 year program, a rich career development component that boasts an employment rate for graduates at 91%, and the all-volunteer peer mentor component that attracts students from every corner of the university. Some of the research we are engaged in examines how the whole Vanderbilt community benefits because of the immersive, inclusive experiences occurring on our campus.
Participants will gather a host of ideas that are imperative to considering educational options for high school and beyond. The sky is the limit.