The #1 Pre-employment Transition Program for People with Disabilities
Today, more than 70% of people with disabilities are unemployed. In fact, researchers use the term, "the cliff," to denote the drop-off of services to support students through their transition to our tech-driven economy.
Meanwhile, we are approaching a time where 75% of all jobs require a degree of technical skills. While our adolescents are savvy with today’s technology when it comes to YouTube and online games, Digitability is the only program developing that interest into marketable skills a variety of types of jobs, while simultaneously building social and emotional capacity for the workplace.
Meet one of Digitability's classrooms.
In this video, each student has a unique set of cognitive and behavioral needs. In the words of this high school special education teacher, "Digitability has something for every single one of my students."
Special Educators use Digitability’s pre-employment transition program to prepare students with a skill-based portfolio and the social skills for today’s tech-driven workforce.
Be work-ready with Digitability!
The Digitability program is the only comprehensive workplace readiness training program that includes solutions for academic, social/emotional and vocational skill development, and is specifically tailored for the wide range of needs of students with disabilities.
Students graduate with a skill-based portfolio with the sense of empowerment and self-advocacy needed to obtain and sustain employment.
Stage 1 The Internet Navigator
Digitability develops expressive communication to engage students in basic online terminology and conceptual knowledge.
Stage 1 systematically explores such tech concepts as the social nuances of sharing online to develop the social and communication skills for obtaining and sustaining employment.
Stage 1 of Digitability’s Classroom Economy lays the foundation for its unique and effective model of developing social and emotional capacity.
Stage 1 Workplace connections: Planning a website
The first capstone project in stage 1. Every student has a role to play in all work-simulation roles in projects are differentiated so all students can showcase their contributions and reflect on their participation.
To supplement and prepare students for the capstone, Stage 1 includes Show What You Know activities, where students earn classroom dollars for developing writing, money, time-management and communication skills.
Stage 2 The Digital Citizen
Tech is not an isolated study; it is embedded in all of our independent living and work-ready skills.
To become literate in the tools used for both independent living and work-ready skills, student must apply their comprehension to master time and task management, workplace communication, self-regulation and advocacy.
In stage 2 students learn both how to navigate popular workplace technologies like word processing (Google Docs), professional emails (Gmail) presentations (Google Slides), data entry in spreadsheets (Google Sheets).
In Stage 2 of Digitability’s Classroom Economy students practice and roleplay workplace behavior and explore the most common workplace boundaries. Student learn to recognize both appropriate and inappropriate or problematic behaviors and begin developing self-regulations and advocacy strategies for the workplace.
Stage 2 Workplace connections: Working on projects using Google Cloud Apps.
Students begin to navigate the social nuance of email, contacts, giving and giving feedback. They practice giving multiple presentations using Google Slides and other Google Apps together. Through presenting and honing in on oral presentation skills, student become empowered and comfortable talking about their work-ready skills
Stage 3 Tech-savvy Ambassador
Tech is to employment as phonics is to reading.
Now that student are using tech to build routines, they continue to work-together. Digitability simulated work environment mirror the skills and social environments in today’s most common workplaces. Students will use a variety of tools for collaborating in and out of the cloud. Each work-simulation in Stage 3 is included in the student skill-based portfolio.
Stage 3 Workplace connections:
Plan a work project using Google Cloud Apps.
Building on the workplace simulation from Stage 1, students begin to navigate the social nuances of managing communication online and offline with team members to stay organized. They will develop the social capacity to provide, and interpret, structured feedback while managing multiple project using the online applications in Google Drive.
Stage 4 Prime Professional
According to the Department of Labor, 75% of all job require some degree of tech literacy.
Student package their online resume and work-ready portfolio of projects demonstrating the technical and social skills they developed through Digitability program.
Students are empowered to explore their job interest and align capacity building toward their transition goals to prepare for the workforce.
Going Beyond Food, Flower and Filth
According to the Department of Labor and Statistics, we are approaching a time where 75% of all jobs require some degree of technological literacy. In a CNET feature that discusses, "How tech means jobsahead for kids with cognitive disabilities," Digitability is highlighted as a company focused on changing the current status quo of pigeonholing people with cognitive disabilities into unemployment or underemployment.
Schools and work programs can build on the existing work experiences, by using the Digitability program to develop executive functioning, tech and social skills needed to obtain and sustain employment.
While our adolescents are savvy with today’s technology when it comes to YouTube and online games, Digitability is the only program developing that interest into marketable skills a variety of types of jobs, while simultaneously building social and emotional capacity for the workplace.
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