On Thursday, January 14, the HDS Foundation, Inc. hosted a post-secondary fair at Cypress Bay High School in Weston. Parents, students, teachers, facilitators, and other professionals came together for an informative session that aimed to provide post-secondary educational options for students with disabilities. The meeting included staff from McFatter Technical College (Roger Barnhart, Director, Office of Student Affairs), Sheridan Technical College (Johanna Kelly, ESE Specialist), College Living Experience (Jessica R. Rothschild, Student Services Coordinator) and The Marino Campus (Susan Morantes, Director of Campus and Community Relations Admissions). Each school and program was able to provide helpful information about their own specific curriculum and took time to answer questions posed by curious parents. This platform for discussion between parents and these professionals proved to be quite beneficial for both parties involved. Additionally, after the presentations, the families were able to collect brochures, introduce themselves, and probe further with specific questions about their prospective students. The fair gave parents a unique opportunity to see which options, and how many, their students have to choose from.
Also attending were representatives from Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) (Gigi Clinton) and Agency for Person with Disabilities (APD) (Gerry Driscoll, MSW, Regional Operations Manager) who also provided parents with some information about their respective programs.
Thank you to all the schools, VR and APD staff for attending and presenting valuable and advantageous information to Weston-area families. This event was the first post-secondary fair at Cypress Bay High School for this population of students and was a huge success. For more information about available resources, please visit our resource page.