ATS is piloting virtual job coaching in UC's Teachers Cafe. ATS participants will have access to their job coaches via iPads and video conferencing software for on-demand help and support. The cafe was created to be a learning platform for students and participants with disabilities enrolled in the ATS programs.
CEES student teacher, Carly Weir, explains, "McKenzie is being supported by the Aramark employee, but I can watch to see what other supports might be helpful, like a script at the register. Virtually job coaching McKenzie increases her independence."
Cadi Dart, Director of CEES, explains, "Virtual job coaching works for some individuals and settings. We are finding that it is efficient and increases independence in the workplace. Our goal is to continue to investigate the technology and how we can make virtual job coaching more successful for our students."
It is because of donors and supporters that ATS continues to give people with disabilities more opportunities to grow and thrive. To donate, visit the UC Foundation website.
Cadi, McKenzie and her Teachers Cafe co-worker, Karly, pose at Teachers Cafe.
Carly coaches McKenzie remotely while she works at Teachers Cafe.