Upward Options

Upward Options:  CEO’s College/Voc Tech Preparatory Program

There is a great need to address the services for students in special education who will make the transition to post-secondary education.  This can include college both two and four year certifications as well as vocational technical education.  Career and Employment Options, Inc. (CEO) has designed a program that focuses on the student needs in addressing post-secondary education and college entrance issues.   The function of Upward Options is to support and supplement the role of the Guidance Department and the Special Education Department of districts to effectively address the post-secondary needs of special education students.     

Impartial hearings and litigation have created a sense of concern that the transition to post- secondary programs can be insurmountable and expensive.  Upward Options addresses the transition needs of students with disabilities who are expecting to go to college or other post- secondary options, but have a need for more specific and ongoing training support.  While no program can promise that litigation can be averted, Upward Options targets the need for a more specific and ongoing instructional support.

With the expectation of family, school and NYSED that cognitively capable students in special education might be post-secondary education-bound, there is a need for a comprehensive program that meets IDEA and IEP goals.  Upward Options provides the appropriate transition supports required under IDEA while students receives  instruction in the ancillary skills necessary in post-secondary education so they stand a better chance of success.  This type of program enables your district to establish itself as meeting the needs of these types of students in both a group and individualized manner.

  • To develop a comprehensive, IEP-driven transition program for school districts that will promote college and post-secondary education skill development as a student’s IEP goal function.  The program will reinforce IEP  programming for students who have demonstrated as part of the school experience the capacity to succeed academically in two and four year college curriculum.
  • To assess and support transition programming in school districts. Upward Options provides multi-prong approach to meeting NYSED Quality Indicators, IDEA regulations, meeting IEP mandate requirements and ensuring IEP Part 200 compliance.
  • To create linkages and direct connections to state agencies, colleges and post- secondary institutions for the student.  Upward Options enables the district to demonstrate it has provided a seamless transition.
  • Upward Options provides the following outcomes for students:
    • Knowledge and skills to better understand their IEP and support services.
    • Capacity to better understand and improve their Executive Functioning and Self Determination skills.
    • Career exploration skills that includes resume/portfolio development and school application assistance.
    • A Student Exit Summary plan that includes the skills necessary for post- secondary education.

Self Advocacy skills needed for the post-secondary world and development of 504 Awareness and Instruction.

We developed two distinctive models to address large number of students for both group and individual services.  Our Group Module enables a district to provide group instruction while ensuring compliance with IEP and IDEA regulations.  An Individual Module is used for students who require a greater in-depth instruction and guided practice.

Each student has a comprehensive, IEP-driven service that promotes college and post-secondary education skill development as a student’s IEP goal function.  Students who have demonstrated, as part of the school experience, the capacity to succeed academically in two and four year college curriculum are the best candidates.  Upward Options provides multi-prong approach to meeting NYSED Quality Indicators, IDEA regulations, while ensuring IEP Part 200 compliance. This type of program enables your district to establish itself as meeting the needs of these types of students in both a group and individualized manner in the following manner.

CEO has put special emphasis on having a documentation process that includes measurement and assessment to demonstrate need and progress.  We utilize standardized instruments in the implementation of the program.  These instruments utilize graphs to illustrate student capacity or need.

The purpose of Upward Options is to provide the services, through guided practice, to effectively address the post-secondary needs of special education students while not duplicating district services.   The Upward Options program develops the metacognitive strategies necessary to utilize the academic skills which are taught and learned in the secondary education level.