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STRIVE begins online education program for people with intellectual disabilities

Community Author: Peter Brown
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SOUTH PORTLAND — STRIVE is excited to announce a new program, STRIVE WorldWIDE, an online program aimed to teach independent living skills to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, set to launch Monday, April 1 .

This is a great opportunity for people with intellectual disabilities to learn independent living skills.  If the pilot is successful, STRIVE’s plan is to create an entire online program beginning Fall 2019.

For many years, STRIVE has been approached about how we can expand our services to provide training on independent living to a broader population, and even a broader geographic area. One major step we have taken in the program’s development is to hire Dr. Anne Ryan to work with us to create the program. Anne is a past administrator for Purdue University Global, and has tremendous experience in online education.

The pilot course is focused on personal safety. It will be a 5-week course beginning April 1 running through May 5. Each week will represent one unit (topic) we cover about personal safety. Learners will both complete work at his or her own pace and participate in two weekly live-online seminars with the instructors and classmates. The seminars will be held 7-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. There is a $10 technology fee for all participants.

We have 25 spaces available for the pilot. If you or someone you know is interested in participating, please fill out this online application and technology assessment here. All participants must be 16 years of age or older. There is no upper age limit.

The pilot will meet the following objectives:

By the end of this course, learners should be able to:

— Identify basic proactive safety skills and techniques.

— Recall personal contact information.

— Define safe and responsible use of social networking and technology.

— Distinguish irregularities in your physical and/or mental well-being.

— Explain the difference between emergency and non-emergency needs.

— State practices for routine preventative care.