Special Learning Needs

I-LEAD (Independence and Literacy Education for Adults with Disabilities) provides specialized education and transition courses for adults with a diagnosed intellectual disability, traumatic brain injury, or other special learning need.

Students learn skills for independent living, successful employment, and active participation in the community.  I-LEAD courses help students improve their reading and writing, interpersonal skills, math and money management, consumer skills, community living, job success skills, government knowledge, and basic computer skills.  Specialized transition programs, such as Project Search, help students gain real-life work experience through internships with local area employers.

 

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Who can enroll?

Students:

  • Must be 16 years of age and older and no longer enrolled in public/private school
  • Have a documented diagnosis of an intellectual disability or traumatic brain injury
  • Provide a current psychological evaluation
  • Have the ability to complete an assessment at a level offered at the location
  • Have the ability to independently navigate campus (Central campus students)

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What is Project Search?

Project SEARCH is a national initiative through which students with significant intellectual disabilities learn important employability skills by connecting them to available internship opportunities in the marketplace.  This real-world experience gives individuals an opportunity to:

  • receive a FREE internship experience,
  • work in high-status organizations and learn high-demand skill sets,
  • develop their strengths, and
  • work towards becoming more independent in areas such as employment, transportation, daily living, and more.

 

At CPCC, our Project SEARCH students discover fulfilling careers and work with our partnering organizations to develop marketable and transferable skills that may lead to competitive employment.  Our Project SEARCH internship sites meet each student’s strengths, creating meaningful learning environments that empower students with disabilities to learn, achieve, and succeed.

Students are given the opportunity to apply for the program after they have completed at least one year of classes.


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How do I enroll?

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Information Session

Students will attend an Information Session with I-LEAD staff.

  • We encourage students to bring a family member, friend, or other support with them to the Information Session.
  • Students should also bring their social security numbers and psychological evaluations to  the Information Session.

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Placement Testing

Students may schedule placement testing after attending an orientation and completing the intake process with Disability Services. The placement testing results allow us to develop a customized study plan for each student.

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Registration

Registration depends on class availability.  I-LEAD often operates on a wait list but every attempt is made to minimize the wait.

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Class Attendance

Classes are held Monday - Thursday on Central campus at the Education Center, 1412 East 4th Street.  Morning and afternoon classes are available.

Orientation Schedule

Date

Time

Location

Monday, June 19, 2017

12:30 PM

Education Center 139

1412 East Fourth Street

Charlotte, NC 28204

Monday, July 10, 2017

12:30 PM

Education Center 139

1412 East Fourth Street

Charlotte, NC 28204

Monday, July 31, 2017

12:30 PM

Education Center 139

1412 East Fourth Street

Charlotte, NC 28204

**Students arriving after 15 minutes late will need to reschedule Orientation for the next available date.

Parking: Parking is available in the student parking deck at the corner of East Fourth Street and Charlottetowne Avenue. Click here for additional campus information.

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