In Decemeber, CIP Berkeley Center connected with two San Francisco State University professors who invited several of our students to be on a panel for their respective Special Education, mild to moderate, graduate classes.
Both classes were filled with professionals who were completing advanced degrees or finishing their teaching credentials. The first evening 4 of our students comprised their own panel and each student told a bit about their struggles growing up with learning challenges, what was difficult for them in school, when they were first diagnosed, as well as stories about their social struggles.
What followed was a question and answer session that made us very proud. Each of our students held their own with tremendous candor, personal insight and humor while the questions continued. It was over 2 hours of full participation to create an experience they won’t soon forget – on either side of the panel. They made CIP Berkeley very proud.
On the second occasion, 3 students and 2 Berkeley staff attended and our students sat on a larger panel with a professionals from Dept of Rehabilitation, the Regional Center, a parent advocate, and a woman creating a startup transition program for young people with more severe disabilities. Our students again shared their experiences and held their own extremely well, in deportment and content.