ERIC Number: ED418751
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The College Access, Retention and Employment (CARE) Program Model.
Smith, Mara Cooper
The College Access, Retention, and Employment (CARE) program was a 3-year initiative by Florida's Miami-Dade Community College. CARE was designed: to improve both the delivery and outcomes of postsecondary education for people with disabilities, with a special focus on minority groups, and to disseminate a model, describing the program, including its evaluation to public, urban postsecondary institutions in the United States. This booklet presents background information on and describes components of the CARE model. First, a chart of CARE program components and an introduction to issues related to educating people with disabilities are presented. Next, data are provided on the characteristics of students with disabilities nationwide and laws that ensure their civil rights are described. The first step in establishing a disabilities program, setting up an advisory board, is discussed and important elements in providing support services are reviewed, including establishing a Disabled Student Services Department, making note takers and readers available, providing test-taking accommodations, ensuring access to technology and the library, and providing advisement and tutorial services. Issues related to recruitment are then described, including information on working with high schools and community agencies; providing information to parents; and using videos, recruitment mailings, and the Internet. The next sections focus on making application/registration, advisement/counseling, financial aid, mentoring, and career exploration/job placement services accessible to people with disabilities. Tips for training faculty and staff are provided related to accommodating blind, deaf, physically impaired, and learning disabled students. Also, information on forming consortia and minority issues is included. A 19-item resource list is attached. (Contains 15 references.) (BCY)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. North Campus.