Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Start Smart: Higher Education for Students with Disabilites

People of all abilities deserve to attend college. At M State, we strive to connect individuals with disabilities with the resources and services that make higher education a possibility. In order to make the process of applying to college even easier, we have partnered with Lakes County Service Cooperative to present Start Smart, a series of college orientation and campus life opportunities for high school students with disabilities.

What’s on the Agenda?

Start Smart begins on respective campus at 9:30 am and ends at 1:00 pm. Each student will have the opportunity to partake in a campus tour, an introduction to disability services on campus, participate in a question/answer session with a panel of other students with disabilities, discover financial aid options and procedures, and discuss counseling services, mental health and wellness activities for college students.

Participants will also receive an introduction to student services including tutoring, writing centers, expectations of college-level work, and information on class time to homework ratio.

What can I expect from Start Smart?

Students can expect a day full of experiential learning lead by M State staff, participation in a small group, meeting with other students with disabilities interested in college as an option after high school. All materials will be provided, including lunch.

What are the program objectives?

The high school participant will gain an awareness of the facilities and services on our campus, develop an understanding of disability services available at a post-secondary level, including eligibility requirements, documentation of disability, and accommodations, modifications, or other services. The students will also

Who should attend?

High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors with disabilities are invited to attend Start Smart. Teachers and/or parents are encouraged to attend with their students.

Choose to attend one or any combination of

When and where does Start Smart take place?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

Registration Information

Special educators, students, and parents can register online at: lcsc.org

Click on the link to go to the workshops page and scroll down to the “Smart Start” session. Select the date and location you want to register for.

Please provide notification of need for accommodations: i.e. mobility, print materials, alternate format, at time of registration.

This activity is designed to be delivered as a part of the high school special education program. Schools and or parents are asked to provide sign language interpreters for students who require them.

More Information

If further questions, contact:

Troy Haugen or Paula Johnson
Lakes County Service Cooperative
Fergus Falls

Carrie Hanson
Runestone Area Partnership