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  Coming Summer 2021!

The HEELS Bridge program serves to “bridge” the transition to inclusive higher education settings, for those seeking enrollment in HEELS UP or other post-secondary education programs in North Carolina. It will cover foundational college readiness areas, such as navigating disability services, student roles/responsibilities, student wellness, self-advocacy, and social/campus life participation. Through an emphasis on access, self-determination, and self-directed exploration, the program prepares individuals to maximize the benefits of a college experience.

Program Objectives

Participants will:

  • Research college options in North Carolina and identify a program of interest
  • Understand the key factors and decisions involved in planning for college
  • Coordinate and lead a person-centered planning meeting
  • Learn about college student roles, responsibilities, and opportunities
  • Create an inventory of personal preferences and interests related to college
  • Understand their rights and support needs as a student with a disability
  • Learn strategies for accessing information and resources
  • Do a final project on their “College Bridge”

Program Details

Dates: May 10-July 1, 2021

Summer 2021 Program Calendar

Apply: Apply for the Summer 2021 program HERE

Eligibility: The HEELS Bridge Program is designed to support individuals age 18 to 26 with a diagnosis of ID, who are 1) interested in pursuing inclusive higher education options and 2) willing to take an active role in the planning process. The program will admit 4 participants for the Summer 2021 Cohort.

Pricing: $350 for enrollment in HEELS Bridge only. $450 for participants with dual enrollment in HEELS UP. Financial assistance may be available upon request.

Format of Delivery: 8-week, online format for Summer 2021

Group instruction 2x week, 1:1 coaching 1x week, peer-facilitated learning (self-advocate mentorship) bi-weekly,  bi-weekly office hours

Attendance Policy: Admitted participants are expected to commit to the entire duration of the program, with no more than 2 absences allowed.

Staffing: The program will be developed and led by UNC M.S. Occupational Therapy student, Jacklyn Googins, under the supervision of UNC’s OT/OS Department Director, Nancy Bagatell, PhD, OTR/L and CIDD’s Director of Advocacy and Inclusion, Anna Ward.

Contact Adela Van Name 919-824-8824 or Jacklyn Googins for more information