Fast Track - Programs for Students with Disabilities
Fast Track: Job Readiness, Self-Advocacy, and Continuing Education
Fast Track to encourages students with disabilities to think about their futures beyond high school. This introductory program begins to prepare students to enter the workforce or to pursue post-secondary education.
Fast Track runs for 8 weeks total.
7 weeks of in-person or virtual curriculum (1 hour/week)
1 worksite tour or volunteer opportunity
Meetings can be virtual or in person.
Virtual meetings take place over Google Meet or Hangouts
In person sessions take place in the classroom
Dates and times of meetings can be planned around teacher and students’ schedules.
Students are 14-21 years old and live in the City of Chicago
Students do not have any active DRS (Department of Rehab Services) cases open
Students have proof of disability, such as an IEP, 504 plan, or medical diagnosis
Fast Track Curriculum
Career inventory, introduction to resumes, writing cover letters, and interviewing skills
Post –secondary education transitional services
We go over the differences between two-year and four-year colleges, vocational schools, and other continuing education possibilities
We discuss what a student’s options are based on their career interests and goals
Self-advocacy and history of the disability rights movement
Students learn about the history of the disability rights movement, gain disability awareness, and learn what accommodations are and how to ask for them.
To get started with Fast Track and Reaching Our Dreams, you, your teacher, or your parent/guardian needs to connect with a member of our Youth Team! Fill out the form below or contact Emily Garmager or Chinette Gilmore to get started.