at Florida Federation Council for Exceptional Children
LAKELAND, Fla. (Oct. 28,
2002) - Professors and students from Florida Southern College's
education department and teachers and students from the Polk County
Schools' Transitional Class at FSC gave a presentation at the Florida
Federation Council for Exceptional Children. The annual conference
was held Oct. 18 in St. Petersburg.
The presentation highlighted an innovative collaboration between
Florida Southern College and the Polk County Schools in which students
with developmental disabilities receive job training, academic support,
and social skills training on the college campus with age-appropriate
peers. Now entering its second year, the transition class is one
of only a handful of similar programs across the country.
Originators of the concept were represented by Jack Kosik and Margaret
McNutt from Noah's Ark of Central Florida. Polk County presenters
included instructors Charlene Schultz and Carol Bierschenk and transitional
students, Katie Miller, Arthur Perkins, and Ben Taves. FSC special
education professors, Drs. Kathleen Milburn and David Wood, and
special education majors, senior Jennifer Stuart and junior Kathleen
Dubois, spoke from the education department's perspective.
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest organization
of parents, students, and professionals dedicated to increasing
educational opportunities of students with disabilities. FSC has
an active student chapter affiliated with national CEC. Noah's Ark
of Central Florida is an organization working to enhance employment
opportunities and quality of life for individuals with disabilities.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.