How do I enroll?
Contact your Regional Center service coordinator, DOR Rehabilitation Counselor, or school district IEP team in inquire about obtaining funding for the Yes I Can (YIC) Unity Through Music & Education Social Vocational Program. Once services have been found to be appropriate for the consumer and funding has been authorized, YIC Program Directors or vocational counseling staff will obtain a referral, funding authorization, and background information from Regional Center service coordinators, DOR Rehabilitation Counselor and/or school district SPED coordinator prior to a consumer’s program start date. For more information about funding and enrollment, contact us.
What happens next?
Upon request for further information or initiation of services, consumer/consumer’s parent(s) will be sent an initial brochure and questionnaire. Upon receipt of the questionnaire and additional reports from the consumer/consumer’s parent(s), an initial in-person structured interview will be scheduled within two weeks with an vocational counselor assigned to the consumer.
Following the interview, the vocational counselor will interview other pertinent providers and review past assessments, transition plans, and supports. Prior work samples and work and/or volunteer experience is requested. In addition, an assessment of functional/occupational performance will be conducted (if applicable) in a real or simulated environment to identify social vocational needs and record baseline data. A Individual Habilitation Service Plan (IHSP) is developed, which will include a summary of the consumer’s background, skills and deficits, recommended goals and objectives, and recommendation for services will be submitted within three to four weeks of completion of the assessment. Services will commence once funding has been determined and a new cohort begins (every three months).
Orientation: New students/consumers will meet with a designated staff person on entry date for orientation. Staff will be involved in introducing student/consumer to their peer group/cohort. Staff will facilitate socialization at orientation break. The student/consumer will be assigned a peer buddy, if appropriate, to show them the instructional room, restrooms, and general orientation to the physical environment. The Program Directors or vocational counseling staff will check with the student/consumer on a daily basis until the student/consumer feels comfortable.
A photograph will be taken of the new student/consumer, for student/consumer file identification purposes. The new student/consumer will be listed on applicable Attendance Roster. Program start date will be listed. The students'/consumer’s schedule will be reviewed with student/consumer. The Student/Consumer Handbook will be reviewed with the student/consumer, and parents if applicable. Any and all questions will be answered and all required forms will be completed at this time. Before the student/consumer starts in the program, all emergency and medical forms must be completed and entered into the student's/consumer’s file. For more information about the enrollment process and services, contact us.
How do we measure progress?
Each student/consumer will be assigned a Vocational Counselor once services are authorized to begin. Utilizing the student's/consumer’s Individual Habilitation Service Plan (IHSP), the student's/consumer’s Vocational Counselor will assess student/consumer progress toward social vocational program goals on a semi-annual basis.
Consumer progress toward IHSP goals are measured and recorded via direct and indirect measures, including the review of formative and cumulative assessments completed by instructors during each course, instructor comments/feedback, consumer/consumer’s parent comments/feedback, review of consumer’s program benchmark assignments, and review of progress notes completed by assigned vocational counselors during direct monthly meetings between consumer and their assigned vocational counselor. Reports will be provided and reviewed with students/consumers, student's/consumer's parents (if applicable), and will be reported to generic funding sources if required.
Consumer placement and funding termination procedures are followed according to all Title 22 and 17 §56718 regulations.