Services for High Schools
We believe that it is important for schools and the education community to be informed about Invisible Differences, so that students can receive the support they need to grow and thrive. These students must have the confidence and independence to graduate from college, have fulfilling careers, and be a contributing member of society. As an education professional, you play a role in assisting these students to reach their full potential.
Awareness, Education, and Training
As an education facility, it is crucial to understand the needs and strengths of students with invisible differences. By becoming more aware of how you, as an education provider, can more effectively support these students, you can ease their transition to the next step in their lives: higher education. Center for Companies That Care provides a workshop "Taking the Giant Leap" Transition to College Workshops that prepares high school juniors and seniors with invisible differences, their parents, and education providers, for a smooth transition to college. This academic year, we are expanding our program to offer a greater variety of workshops to a larger audiences. For more information, check out our Transition to College Workshops page.
As educators, you do a wonderful job of providing the necessary support for your students to thrive in high school and beyond. We want to assist the education community to provide support to students with Invisible Differences. We offer several programs to further ensure that these young adults reach their full potential.
College-bound students need to be better prepared for college. We assist educators in providing transition services for this under-served population of students by educating special education staff of best practices and best colleges for students with Invisible Differences.
The simulation introduces high school students to real-world college experiences via a fun, competitive, interactive, half-day simulation exercise. The objective is to raise awareness and preparedness for college life, and optimize college graduation outcomes by:
- Presenting students with situation they may face in college.
- Guiding students to seek help from on-campus resources.
- Introducing them to the people and places available in college to assist them.
College Bus Trip
Students will visit various colleges throughout the country, and they will have the chance to visit the disability services and departments, and meet college students with Invisible Differences. This experience provides the students with the knowledge of which schools provide the best accommodations to meet their needs and hear from college students with disabilities.
This simulation activity provides students with with an opportunity to explore real-world college experiences such as registering for classes, visiting the disability services office, and dealing with roommate conflicts. The objective is to raise awareness and preparedness for handling college life.
We value research as a fundamental strategy because we want to to make every young adult in our program be employable and employed in a role matching their interests and abilities. The more we learn about students with Invisible Differences, the more we can help them complete their education and prepare for productive careers. Our research reveals the scope of the issue and the value of the Invisible Differences program. For more information about our findings, please visit our Invisible Differences Research page.
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Partnerships and Mobilization
5K March to College
Center for Companies That Care hosts its annual 5K March to College, dedicated to increasing college graduation rates among minorities and students with disabilities. For more information, visit our March to College page.
Parent Networking and Information Sessions
At our monthly meetings (held on the second Tuesday of each month), parents will have the opportunity to interact with other parents who have children with special needs thrugh networking hearing guest speakers. For information about these networking and information sessions, visit our Parent Networking and Information Sessions.