1. What is the age limit for this program?

18 and up.

2. What type of program is LASE™?

LASE™  provides an opportunity to measure skill development of individuals for community integration.

3.  The description is very general.  I'm still not getting a vision of what these three hours will look like and how it will benefit my son or daughter who is functioning

A typical day would consist of skill development activities or skill development in conjunction with a visit from a mentor to talk about their work and exchange information so that the students can learn from the mentor's experiences.  This should be no different than the learning pace of any good school system where they engage the student through a plethora of activities and learning processes.

The possible topics of interest for instruction are:

  1. Health and nutrition (i.e., cooking skills and healthy eating);

  2. Physical fitness;

  3. Marketable job skills including front-office skills, assembly skills, among others; and

  4. Mentoring towards building confidence (e.g., visits from successful professionals, such as artists, musicians, doctors, engineers, and small business owners).

 Student retention is at the heart of the LASE™ program.  The goal is to assure that students want to come to the classes.

4. How do you plan to keep the program interesting?

Retention will be secured through the following steps:

  1. Using cool, user-friendly technology that appeals to the tactile and visual senses;

  2. Encouraging peer-to-peer learning;

  3. Mentoring with caring people (i.e., being around success);

  4. Including their guardian/parents in their success (i.e., parental involvement);

  5. Being empowered through engagement from peers and instructors; and

  6. Enjoying success.

 5. What if my son/daughter has limited verbal skills or communicates differently?

This should be fine. LASE™ is a collaborative learning program where everybody participates learns to communicate with each other.

6.  What of my son/daughter has a behavioral issue?

During our in-take process, we will discuss the student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP), Individualized Plan (IP), or Person-Centric Plan and identify the behavioral issues together to determine if LASE™ is appropriate for them.
 
7. Will there be a screening tool used to see if s(he) will benefit from the program ? Or are you suggesting that any disabled adult can benefit from the program ?

LASE™ aims to benefit all young adults. Our top-level criteria for in take are:

  1. A commitment agreement signed by the parents and the student that will demonstrate all parties’ commitment to work with the LASE™ program.

  2. An initial skillset assessment of the potential student.  This will be completed at intake and maybe supplemented with information from the student’s IEP or IP documents.  

  3. A signed medical waiver from the student’s parents and/or a signed statement from the student’s physician that indicates that said student is in good health and has no preexisting medical conditions that will prevent him/her from participating in LASE™ program.

  4. An agreement signed by the student’s parents or legal guardians stating that the student will have transportation to/from the LASE™ program.

8. Can an individual bring his own staff person if needed?

It will be determined on a case-by-case basis during the in-take process.
 
9.  Will individual goals and objectives be developed for my son or daughter so I can determine whether he/she is making progress

We will work with the parent and the student to develop measurable goals to determine the student's progress. The goal of the program is to increase their abilities to work collaboratively so that they learn collaboration to complete tasks collectively as we all do in our work situations. In those collaborative learning, we can work to include some individual goals without diluting the goal of community integration.

10.  Will just isolated skills be taught in a classroom setting?  Will this be a lecture format?  What teaching methods or approaches will be used and what strategies will be used to help transfer these skills to real life situations?-

It will be lecture with hands on exercises to cultivate skillsets . Each skill topic will include visit(s) from practitioners so that the students see how those skills are used.
 
11.  Will a pool of parents and disabled individuals be able to give their input as to the topics and speakers?

Absolutely. That is one of the cornerstone of success (please refer to our logo: three dots (student/family/community)).
 
12.  My son or daughter is "hands on" and kinesthetic, will your teaching methods support their learning styles?

Please see response to Question 9 above.
 
13. Can you give me an example of what a 3 hour session would be like and what the students would be doing?

The first couple of weeks will be spent to get to know of them and who works well with whom In addition to what I have said above. At the beginning of the day, they will come in, we will spend time to talk about how their day went. Once that conversation is done, we will talk about the activity/skill choices for the day and talk through what we will do/pair up people to learn together. The skills have been described above.  There are many reasons for taking this approach: not only to see who likes what (because we need that data for the parents) but also let them discover that what they may think as uninteresting on the surface can be fun. Maybe they were just taught differently before? I also plan to have some practitioner of the skill come and visit them during that day. So, if we were talking about safety and law and order, a Howard County Police Department representative would be there. It is is an education for the PD personnel too,rIght? A PNC personnel member would be there to talk about money management the day(s) we talk about money. I will have a cook speak to them the day(s) we talk about food and food safety. So, these are some examples. Therefore, all 50 weeks will be hands on exercises and lecture combined. Weather permitting, I also want to take them for small walks around the campus.