After significant research BridgeValley is excited to announce a pilot neurodiversity program which aims to help those students who are neurodivergent, that is, have neurological differences such as autism, dyspraxia, dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyscalculia.
We were drawn to this type of program to somewhat address a need within our neurodiverse community. We aim to help these students be successful in their studies and ultimately in their life endeavors, while celebrating the individual’s unique qualities and abilities.
The program design is that of a “stacked” design whereby students enroll in their program of choice (depending on entry requirements) and additionally enroll in courses with relevant facets such as executive functioning, self-regulation, social interaction, and self-advocacy etc. This program follows the Social Justice model versus the Medical model, in that we focus on strengths and what the student can do and their talents as opposed to the trying to make them fit within narrowly defined criteria.
In collaboration with Bellevue College's Neurodiversity Navigators program
A (usually transferable) credit class taken with cohort each semester, for five semesters. Please note that the titles of the courses have not been finalized and will change.
First Year (Fall 2021-see details below*)
Skills for Navigating College & Career
Executive Functioning in the Workplace
Self & Community Advocacy
Who Am I, Where Am I Going?
Connecting with Community
(Optional) Internship as Mentor
Advocacy and Access Services:
• Regular Meetings with trained peer mentor (Pathfinders Assistant)
• Supported communication with faculty & advisors; supported access to services & programs
*The first course is GNST 199 S01 College Support Strategies - 2 credits
Start date: 9/27/2021 and End date: 12/9/2021, Teacher: Spencer Poling
For more information, please contact:
Spencer Poling, Director of Accessibility Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304.205.6725
Natalie Sigmon at Natalie.email@example.com
James Goodwin, Director of College Initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304.734.6610