About the Digitability Program
What is Digitability?
Digitability is an award winning pre-employment transition program used in the classroom to prepare students with work-ready skills for the tech-driven workforce
Digitability’s mission is to enable students with cognitive disabilities to transition to their independence by preparing them with work-ready skills required to gain meaningful employment in our tech-driven workforce.
Be Work-ready to Become Independent
For people with cognitive disabilities to achieve their independence, digital literacy, social skills and a contextual understanding of technology’s use in the workplace is essential. Without these work-ready skills our generation faces a critical barrier to becoming independent self-advocates. Digitability is the bridge from your student’s education to fulfilling work post-transition. You can learn more about Digitability by seeing a free demo.
The Digitability Story
Digitability was born out of advocacy and designed for teens and young adults with a cognitive disability. The Digitability digital curriculum was created by Michele McKeone, M. Ed., a teacher from a Philadelphia public high school. Michele believed her students needed more options for life after high school and thus her digital skill building program took flight. While her students’ abilities varied greatly, verbal and non-verbal alike, everyone started with the basics and all created their own portfolio.
Using the curriculum and methodology of Digitability, she led her classroom to win third place in a regional technology competition. By teaching her students marketable, digital life skills she was able to increase her students transition outcomes and post-secondary opportunities including college and vocational participation.
Just as Michele saw a need for more services for her own students, we hear parents loud and clear when they ask for more to support their child’s transition to independence. With an increase in early intervention resources, we are seeing an increase in educational outcomes; however, there are still very few resources to support adolescents and many are left without a plan for their future transition. In fact, more than 50% of students with an ASD, leaving high school in the past 2 years had no participation in employment or post-secondary education. Today, 80% of people with any kind of cognitive disability are unemployed.
“Not only am I convinced of Digitability’s groundbreaking applications of technology, but I am equally assured by Ms. McKeone’s firm grounding in the same educational principles that drive our curriculum at Bancroft, including those of Applied Behavior Analysis. Her product is a forward-thinking extension of her experiences in the classroom, teaching students with autism. And just as she is now leveraging the benefits of a scalable technology, Ms. McKeone is, at the same time, building a progressive curriculum for these same students. The data she has thus collected strongly indicates this unique pairing of teaching and technology will be both productive and powerful. It will not be long before that impact is on display in the classrooms at Bancroft.”
Executive Director for Educational Services, Bancroft
Digitability’s Scientific Advisory Board
Digitability’s curriculum is backed by science and proven in the classroom. We have a team of experts behind Digitability’s curriculum and project-based learning modules.
David Mandell, Sc. D.
Director of Center of Mental Health Policy and Services Research, UPenn School of Medicine
David is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of Center of Mental Health Policy and Services Research, UPenn School of Medicine. For the past 15 years, he has conducted research on strategies to improve quality of care for individuals with autism in community settings.
Catherine Chase, M.A.
LDTC, Psycho-Educational Diagnostician and Learning Consultant/ Reading Specialist
Catherine is a Psycho-Educational Diagnostician and Learning Consultant providing interventions in attention, learning and behavior with over 30 years of experience. Chase was the first educator to receive a Fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
Director of Special Projects, Union County Educational Services Commission
“The Digitability curriculum is uniquely suited for our programs serving transition-age students. It addresses prerequisite skills related to employability and independent living — and all in the context of preparing our students to be responsible and informed digital citizens.” “I was extremely impressed by the quality of the professional development that was provided as part of the implementation of Digitability. Often training involving new online instructional platforms is too focused on the technical aspects of the software. Michele McKeone’s approach to our PD session was instead focused on the successful delivery of the curriculum including modeling important practices such as differentiated instruction, prompting, and positive reinforcement. While my teacher learned how to facilitate Digitability, she was also exposed to a sound refresher covering key research-based approaches to teaching student with Autism and other special needs.”
Transition Coordinator, School District of Philadelphia
“Digitability combines skill enhancement and real world applications that assist students with learning how to understand, interact, and develop the tools to find their voice in this world.”
Adaptive Technology Librarian, DC Public Library
“Digitability is impressive and very useful for students with and without disabilities learning to use technology in the classroom.”
Executive Director for Educational Services, Bancroft
I also have a vested interest in ensuring that our students are fully equipped to live their lives fully and safely in this digital age. … Digitability helps facilitate that inclusiveness for people of varied abilities, including those on the autism spectrum, in a way no other technology-based business does.
Jane Cordero, M. Ed.
Autistic Support Teacher, High School Transition Coordinator
Digitability reminds me to use the correct terminology when teaching skill development.
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Digitability is the only web-based curriculum, backed by science, that teaches digital literacy, social skills and job-readiness to people with a cognitive disability so they can become independent self-advocates.