Bridges Program Parents' Survey W. Ross Macdonald School

Greetings! The W. Ross Macdonald School, in partnership with District School Boards across the province, are seeking to offer a 1 year program to assist students with their transition to post-secondary education. We are seeking the assistance of all stakeholders, especially parents and parent support group members, who have, or are connected to blind and visually impaired students who are currently pursuing, or have graduated from, post secondary programs. We hope you can take a little time to answer the questions that follow. Your assistance will help future generations by making their transition from their high school years to college or university smoother, all while ensuring their success. Should you have any further questions or comments, please contact dan.maggiacomo@ontario.ca. Thank you for taking the time to complete this short survey. 

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* 1. Which essential skills or knowledge do you feel are most important in preparing your child/student for the realities of post secondary education?

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* 2. Which areas of study would you include when designing a one-year high school program to prepare students for post secondary education?

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* 3. Which instructional strategies or approaches does your child/student benefit from most (ie: verbal instruction, guided tours, step-by-step physical task modeling, etc)?

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* 4. Which social obstacles do you anticipate your child/student will face during their first year of post-secondary education?

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* 5. Which independent living skills do you anticipate will be most essential for your child/student's post-secondary success (ie: cooking, cleaning, etc)?

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* 6. Where are your child/student's greatest areas of need in learning to navigate unfamiliar physical environments (ie: using a cane, following a GPS, etc)?

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* 7. Does your child/student have difficulty getting learning materials in an accessible format? If so, what measures could be taken to overcome this obstacle in the post-secondary setting?

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* 8. Please identify three financial skills your child/student will require to be successful at the post secondary level.

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* 9. Which educational resources do you anticipate will be most valuable to your child in their first year of post-secondary education (ie: assistive technology, text transcription, note-taking services, etc)?

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* 10. Which academic skills do you feel are most important for a child preparing for post secondary education (ie: essay writing, citing sources, study skills, etc)?

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