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In summer 2019, the Department of Allied Health Science (DAHS), in partnership with TEACCH, the UNC School of Education, and the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, will host the inaugural HEELS Summer Intensive, a week-long skills camp for young adults with intellectual disabilities to enjoy campus at UNC-Chapel Hill, to build skills for adult life, and to set goals for a bright future. The program is an initiative of HEELS 2 Transition, an overarching interdisciplinary program.

The HEELS Summer Intensive, supported by TEACCH’s structured learning approach, addresses critical areas of transition to adulthood, including executive functioning and goal setting, career exploration, independent living skills, and safety. Participants will also practice life skills in the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy training apartment in preparation for increased independence. Participants learn approaches to support performance of activities including cleaning, laundry, kitchen safety, and self-care.

This skills camp is now accepting applications. Director of the HEELS Summer Intensive, Dara Chan, ScD, CRC, is an assistant professor in the Division of Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. Chan will facilitate the career exploration component.

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The HEELS Summer Intensive is an interdisciplinary collaboration among the following:

  • UNC School of Medicine
    • Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities
    • TEACCH Autism Program
    • UNC Department of Allied Health Sciences
  • UNC School of Education
  • Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International

Questions? Email Heels2Transition

More information and how to apply.