COE’s Center for Disability Research Offers Unique Summer Program

August 29, 2014


An Extended School Year (ESY) program for the public schools and a ‘real world’ practicum placement for undergraduate and graduate students

Disability Research Group PhotoThe Auburn University summer program for students with disabilities represents an innovative collaboration between the College of Education’s Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling and public elementary schools including Auburn City, and Lee and Chambers County Schools.

“This program serves as an Extended School Year (ESY) program for the public schools and a ‘real world’ practicum placement for undergraduate and graduate students,” said Dr. Doris Hill, director of the program and Education Coordinator at the Center for Disability Research and Service. “These students experience the opportunity to set up classrooms to meet the Individualized Education Program (IEP) needs of students with significant disabilities at risk of losing important skills over the summer.  The program has served up to 70 students each summer for the past several years over a 4-6 week period.”

The program began as an initiative to provide supports for children with behavior and learning disabilities.  It has been held at both Yarbrough and Richland Road elementary schools.  In addition to Hill, other major figures in the ongoing program include Dr. Margaret Flores, also of the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and Counseling, and SERC doctoral student Regina Kearley.

“This is an excellent opportunity for students to identify individualized goals, develop and implement interventions, collect and graph data, and report progress on IEP goals,” said Hill. “These skills are key to being successful as a teacher and supporting students with disabilities.”

Photo above:
Dr. Doris Hill (back left) and doctoral student Regina Kearley (back right) with Auburn City School teachers and College of Education pre-service teachers at Richland Road Elementary.

Story by George Littleton, Photo Contributed