Supports and Services
BRIDGES is a college experience for students with developmental disabilities. Embedded in the program are extensive supports and services that are intended to ensure student success in their vocational, social, life skills and academic development.
BRIDGES provides students:
- Upon enrollment, an education plan that incorporates person-centered planning, meaning the goals of the student are paramount.
- Vocational exploration and training tailored to students’ interests and strengths
- Career Awareness training to discover opportunities aligning with individual strengths.
- Career Exploration to enable students to interact in different employment scenarios.
- Career Preparation to build specific knowledge and skills in a student’s area of choice.
- Vocational Integration that offer opportunities to develop skills transferable to different areas of employment or positions so as to increase employability.
- Job Search training, including an introduction to the concept of business start up.
- Individualized instruction from highly trained education and occupational therapy professionals.
- Small class size
- The opportunity to audit credit classes with the natural support of peer mentor.
- Natural supports provided peer mentors are not instructors. Peer mentors are not aids and they do not formally teach skills. Rather, they are fellow students at the College who share a mutual interest with BRIDGES students. BRIDGES students interview prospective peer mentors and have the final word as to whom they are paired with. Peer mentors provide an opportunity to socialize and support the student to enhance social competency.
- Life Skills training to prepare for a healthy, self-directed independent lifestyle embodied by health, wellness, financial competency, and self-direction with regard to life decisions.
- Social skills training and innumerable opportunities for social participation to prepare for the success after graduation.