Center for Disabilities Studies : TEEM Unit
Transition, Education and Employment Model
TEEM projects use a person-centered approach to offer persons with disabilities a comprehensive set of services, supports, and opportunities that will enable them to develop the skills needed to increase their independence, lead productive lives, and participate in the community as adults. TEEM provides opportunities for persons with disabilities to increase self-esteem, acquire life skills, develop effective communication, obtain vocational and job skills, enhance interpersonal relationships, enjoy social leisure activities, practice money management, and strengthen problem-solving abilities.
TEEM has several components, including: Community-Based Education Alliance (CBEA), Employment Services, Pathways for Life and the Career and Life Studies Certificate (CLSC) program.
CLSC is a comprehensive, inclusive and customized postsecondary education programs for students with developmental and intellectual disabilities. It will serve those who desire more than a high school certificate or diploma, but who are not otherwise qualified for traditional postsecondary education programs and who require additional services and supports to succeed in furthering their education. More...
The goal of Employment Services is to develop job skills, vocational training, and employment opportunities for people with disabilities at the University of Delaware and in the surrounding community. Services include vocational evaluations, career exploration, job skills training, work readiness skills classes, job site accommodations, job coaching, 13-week internships, and real work experiences. More information Employment Services Brochure A Transition Guide for Parents
Delaware high school students and young adults at the Junior Partners in Policymaking program learn about topics such as the history of the disabilities movement and past treatment, self-determination, futures planning, the legislative process and how to make your voice heard, inclusive education, assistive technology, and more. More…
Pathways for Life gives young adults opportunities to develop skills needed to increase their independence and capacity to successfully transition into adulthood. Personal goals are identified and an individualized action plan is created based on the four themes of the program: community connections, independent living skills, life skills, and self-determination. The university campus, community, home environment, and neighborhood serve as a training ground for the programs – a classroom without walls. Fact sheet
Options available within Pathways for Life are:
- Coaching, which provides encouragement, instruction, information, and guidance to young adults
- STEP (Summer Transition Exploration Program), a one-week program that involves goal setting and step-by-step planning to achieve independence - more information
- Community Connectors, which provides participants with opportunities to learn leadership skills while socializing and connecting with their peers and community. Fact sheet Connectors in the news
TEEM in delAware
The theme of the Summer 2010 issue of delAware is transition. It includes articles about TEEM programs.
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