In Spring 2016, Saddleback College Learning Disabilities Instructor Michael Hoggatt, Department of Disabled Students Programs and Services, developed a specialized Adult Education curriculum comprised of nine course proposals, which will lead to a degree or certificate. The following courses were approved by the State of California in April 2017. AEWD courses are offered through an independent living and vocation curriculum, OASIS (Occupational & Academic Skills for Independence & Success), that focuses on the needs of adults with disabilities in the South Orange County region.
AEWD 771 - Mobility Skills
This course meets the employability needs of adults with disabilities by addressing the need to able to navigate various transportation options in order to secure meaningful employment.
AEWD 772 - Independent Living Skills
This course meets the employability needs of adults with disabilities by addressing independent living, community living, and academic skills. Instruction is provided both in the community and in the classroom. The college campus is also utilized.
AEWD 773 - Job Skills
This course meets the employability needs of adults with disabilities by addressing various job skills, including goal identification, social skills, and job search skills. Lecture, lab, and field trips are combined to provide the student with a comprehensive and meaningful educational experience.
AEWD 774 - Self-Advocacy Skills
This course meets the employability needs of adults with disabilities through instruction and training of students in self-advocacy skills in order to promote independence in the community and the workplace. Students learn their strengths and weaknesses. They learn about their disability and their abilities. Students define realistic goals, objectives and the skills needed to reach goals, and learn to communicate in a respectful and responsible way. Students learn how to locate advocacy support as well as learn rights and laws that pertain to people with disabilities.
AEWD 775 - Computer Skills Lab
This course will meet the vocational needs of adults with disabilities by supporting the development of computer and technological skills in real-world situations. This specific course will be part of a larger program designed to address workplace skills for Adults with Disabilities.
AEWD 781 - Personal Safety
This course meets the vocational needs of adult students with developmental disabilities by developing personal safety awareness. Students with disabilities are presented with proactive steps to take to avoid dangerous situations in the community and at home. Students with disabilities are also presented with basic techniques for self-defense and first aid.
AEWD 782 - Personal Budgeting and Basics of Banking
This course meets the vocational needs of adults with disabilities by supporting the development of financial awareness, including the basics of banking and budgeting. This is an introductory class that teaches banking and budgeting vocabulary and step-by-step guidelines on how to open and manage a checking account as well as creating personal budgets.
AEWD 783 - Communication in the Workplace
This course meets the vocational needs of adults with disabilities by supporting the development of necessary workplace skills. This course will include activities to enhance written and verbal skills.
AEWD 784 - Critical Thinking Skills
This course meets the soft skills/employability needs of adults with disabilities by supporting the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills in real-world situations. It is designed to assist adult students in acquiring or improving critical thinking skills necessary to function independently in a variety of activities, situations, and environments with an emphasis on problem solving and decision making through understanding and evaluating situations, utilizing knowledge of cause and effect relationships, exploring options, and planning and implementing strategies.
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