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For Immediate Press Release
Contact: Jeffery Butler, Ph.D., CEO
The Community Empowerment Fund (CEF) Collaborative Project
March 22, 2017: Los Angeles, California: JBead Foundation announce the Disabled Student Support Services Project (DSSSP) and the National Community College - University Placement Network (NCC-UPN). The DSSSP is a 2.5 million dollar collaborative grants writing "capital building venture" to expand Community Outreach Programs and Services for special needs students through the NCC-UPN.
The NCC-UPN collaborates with high schools, colleges, universities and the Los Angeles community to increase the number of special needs students enrolling in post-secondary education. Initially, the NCC-UPN will focus on Southern and Northern California and later, expand within the United States and some international countries. The Foundation is very excited and committed about this opportunity to better serve our special needs students and their families.
If you or your company/corporation (for-profit or non-profit) have interest and would like to participate in this grants writing process, offer funding and/or community resources, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Empowerment Fund (CEF) is a public-led-drive network of Sponsors, Donors, Community Partners, Legal Shield Associates, Investors, Banks, Corporations, Financial Institutions, Businesses, Colleges & Universities, and various stakeholders that express interest to advance the mission and vision of the Foundation’s Outreach Programs. The corporate partnership addresses future global trends and those concerns raised during annual events by our community constituents.
Description of Disability Types (Short List)
Brief Research Literature Review: JBead Foundation is located in Inglewood, California where there is a rapidly growing diverse ethnic adolescent, teen-age, and adult population with a high prevalence rate of Learning Disability (e.g. Reading, Writing, and Math).
Learning Disabilities: An independent research review of the Los Angeles community region demographic data suggest there is growing need for a local and global DSSSP intervention to address specific kinds of "learning problems" that cause a person to have difficulty acquiring certain skills and with accompanying cultural or economic disadvantages these factors subsequently become barriers to post-secondary education opportunity. The skills most often affected are reading, writing, math, listening, speaking, and reasoning (DSM-V).
The prevalence of learning disabilities and associated disorders "conservative estimates" indicates that approximately 1,195,000 (19%) adults between the ages of 18-22 presents with some type of learning disability or associated disorder. Nationwide, an estimated 15% of adolescents and 16% of adults have a Learning Disability. In Los Angeles County, the rate of Learning Disabled citizens in low-income communities is even higher.
Autism: On its own, autism is not a learning disability or a mental health problem. But some people with autism have an accompanying learning disability, learning difficulty or mental health problem. Autism is a spectrum condition that is addressed in the grants writing project with other pre-existing conditions: Deaf & Hard of Hearing, ADHD, psychological, visual, and physical disabilities (DSM-V).
Purpose: The DSSSP has three major goals: (1) to raise funds and bring greater awareness for special needs children, adults and their families; (2) to serve the needs of first generation/low income disabled students who aspire to attend college; and (3) to provide residential treatment, emergency shelter, foster care, and early intervention strategies for children and adults in need. The DSSSP will help special needs students successfully matriculate through college while achieving the overall objectives of the grants proposal. The DSSSP will also provide academic and personal support services for a minimum of 200 special needs students who demonstrate academic need. Determining academic need and other criteria for project eligibility is explained in the complete grants proposal.
Community Services: The DSSSP community services will actively assist special needs students development as engaged learners from inception to completion of their academic curriculum. The DSSSP will successfully impact the retention and graduation rates of low-income, first-generation special needs students similar to the matriculation percentage of a college/university student body. The projects "collaborative community team” efforts will provide a supportive, academic and personal network for our special needs students to accomplish the goals and objectives of the DSSSP.
Relevance: The potential use of research results by scientists, health care practitioners, school administrators, policy-makers and other relevant stakeholders is important to the community. The DSSSP will provide unique data in a relatively unexplored population. Exploring factors (e.g. nutrition) that may contribute to "disparities in disabilities" over time may help develop interventions that reduce "learning differences" within various low-income ethnic minority communities not only in Los Angeles counties but nationwide.
Significance: The importance of a DSSSP is the extent to which we identify specific gaps or weakness in community services, health care utilization, and/or opportunities for youth and adults in the South Los Angeles region to be active participants in society. Once these areas are identified the proposed grants writing/research project addresses these “unmet” community needs, including the nature and magnitude of those gaps or weaknesses.
DSSSP Health Belief Model: Needs assessment, cardio, nutrition, diet, health, and weight loss = educational aspirations.
Nutrition: University researchers and other experts point to few health-conscious supermarkets in poor neighborhoods, the concentration of fast-food restaurants and the lack of access to fitness centers and recreation space as contributing to the problem.
Obesity: The DSSSP has the capacity to decrease obesity rates within our region among various low - income ethnic minority groups — by at least 25% to 30% — while increasing the number of special needs students served by the DSSSP community outreach services.
Access to Post-secondary Education: Grants and other funding sources will assist us in the important work we do in shaping and educating our future leaders and community citizens from diverse backgrounds. Sustained interest in this project helps keep the Foundation vibrant, alive, and ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
Environmental Health: An overarching goal of this project is to produce and disseminate outcome data from a series of surveys, questionnaires, research designs and measures. This research data will assist policy makers to implement environmental health strategies that promote better physical activity for our youth and adults.
Sample Research Questions
- What elements are associated with high rates of disparities in disabilities among various ethnic groups and do these factors predict learning differences over time?
- What are the perceptions of learning disabilities and related disorders among health care providers and health care systems and how do these perceptions of "pre-existing conditions" change with age and increased utilization of health services?
- What (if any) factors are associated with overweight and obesity in special needs population(s) and do these circumstances predict learning differences and/or weight gain over time?
The NCC - UPN outcome data will formulate text book(s) and journal article(s) noting all participants in this collaborative project. More perks detailed later when you come aboard. Let's get to work!
Here is a brief summary of various program services and employment opportunities created within the community to boost the economy.
Brief View of Program Services
National Community College and University Placement Network (NCC-UPN)
The DSSSP include program and clinical staff that will work within the community to establish business relationships with Regional Centers, Department of Rehabilitation, local agencies, high schools, college/university counselors, faculty and other campus units (e.g. career center) for placing special needs student's in post secondary education while providing the following year-round academic support services:
• Assessment of Individual Academic Needs
• Individual Educational & Personal Development Plans
• Academic and Personal Advising
• Academic Support Services
• Mentoring program
• Study Skills and Other Workshops
• Adaptive Technology support
• Longitudinal Outcome Data: NCC-UPN for special needs students according to PL 94 -
142. The NCC-UPN, when launched, is an online national database that includes doctor summaries, videos, location(s) to get assessments and links to community resources. You can easily search for community resources based on keywords, location of work, organization name, and assessment need area that provides evaluation and treatment services for individuals with suspected disorders of social, cognitive, language, and motor development, including autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, social skills delays, and neurogenetic disorders.
Totals for annual program services and operating costs: $1,815,000
• Learning Disability Specialist - TBA: 65,000
• Administrative Assistant TBA: 50,000
• Student Academic and Peer Mentor 1 TBA - Base Salary/Commissions: 40,000
• Student Academic and Peer Mentor 2 TBA - Base Salary/Commissions: 40,000
• Student Academic and Peer Mentor 3 TBA - Base Salary/Commissions: 40,000
• Student Academic and Peer Mentor 4 TBA - Base Salary/Commissions: 40,000
• Adaptive Technology Specialist - TBA: 55,000
• Research Analyst - TBA: 65,000
• Project Coordinator: 125,000
• Licensed Psychiatrist - $90,000
• Licensed Clinical Psychologist - Specialty area: Learning Disability/Neuro-Psychology or Neuro-Developmental Assessment - $75,000
Totals for annual salary: $685,000
Special Note: The Foundation will offer paid internships to students. More details later about degree requirements and experience as the program develops.
JBead Foundation Equity Portfolio
Sponsors and Donors
Center for Autism Research and Treatment-CART
Loyola Mary mount University - CDC REACH
Special Needs Network
United States Federal TRIO Program
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
This page will be updated with more details as the program develops.
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