Ruttenberg Autism Center is now accepting registrations for adolescents and adults for the 8-week Digitability courses for 2018.
Today, more than 70% of people with cognitive disabilities are unemployed. Researchers use the term, "the cliff," to denote the drop-off of services to support people through their transition to our tech-driven economy. Ruttenberg and Digitability are working together to change that.
Why Ruttenberg is taking action with Digitability
To help reverse the trend of joblessness and the skills gap among people with cognitive disabilities, Ruttenberg Autism Center in Blue Bell, PA is offering a series of 8-week work-ready courses using the Digitability program.
To learn more e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 484.567.4725
Who the program is for: Adolescents and Adults
Registration deadline: Deposits due 30 days prior to session start. [space is limited; if space is available registrations may be accepted after the deadline]
Program cost: $880 ($55 per session). 50% due at registration; balance due prior to start.
Program Dates: 8 week sessions: February 6, 2018 through March 27, 2018; April 17 through June 5, 2018
Program duration: 1 hour sessions will begin at 2:00PM every Tuesday and Thursday for 8 weeks [additional times may be added to meet the needs of the participants]
All sessions will be held at: Ruttenberg Autism Center, 1740 Walton Road, 1st Floor, Blue Bell, PA 19422
Digitability Stage 1:
The goal of the first stage is for participants to become proficient in using technology to obtain information and connect with others socially and professionally online and offline.
Participants who complete Part 1 of this program will complete their first professional skill-based portfolio piece by collaborating within a workplace simulation to plan a website. All participants will practice the necessary routines for the workplace communication and problem-solving. Every student will have a role to play in the Digitability work-simulation.
The program sequence for the 8-week stage 1 training course is as follows:
- Internet Basics
- Browser Basics
- Searching Basics
- Application & Account Management Basics
- Online Sharing Basics
- Connecting with Others & Information Online
- Portfolio Project
- Project Presentation
Digitability Stage 2:
The goal of the second stage of the program is for participants to further develop their technical skills and use of information technology to fully engage and work as a digital citizen. This stage builds upon the important base-level skills covered in stage 1, by helping participants master the practical use of key software applications, including the Google suite of web technology. Along with this skill development, participants will be trained on guidelines for expected use as well as important workplace practices and etiquette that coincide with the technology being presented.
Participants who complete Stage 2 of this program will complete their second professional skill-based portfolio piece by collaborating within a workplace simulation to create their very own website. All participants will practice the necessary routines for the workplace communication, soft-skills and problem-solving. Every participant will have a role to play in the Digitability work-simulation.
The program sequence for the 8-week stage 2 training course is as follows:
- Using Email/Gmail
- Sending, Receiving & Managing Email Messages
- Gmail Contact Management & Message Search Tool
- Google Calendar Use & Management
- Using Google Drive & Creating Google Docs
- Portfolio Project: Work Group 1
- Portfolio Project: Work Group 2
- Project Presentation