Henschel, Gail

Welcome to Innovative Options I

Innovative Options I (IOI)

 Hello!  We are out for Summer Fun.  We look forward to working with your young person.  I will be making phone calls to families the week of August 6th.  And on the 8th and 9th of August I will have an Open House beginning at 3:00 p.m. ending at 5:00 p.m., I look forward to meeting those who I have not yet met, and excited for those who are returning students and new students that I have recently met.   Enjoy your Summer and be ready for the 2018-2019 school year!
Description of Program
The IOI program teachs young adults with disabilities  to work in the community with full support, the necessary behaviors for employment.  Teaching the introductory work skills such as seeking help (personal & work needs), showing initiative, working independently, safety, staying on task and being flexible are a few examples.  Focusing on increasing a students independence while working which in turn increases their opportunities for future employment. The sixteen target work skills make up the Innovative I Options I Standards Based Rubric.  Students are scored using a hierarchy of prompts; 4 Independent, 3 Gestural Prompt, 2 Verbal Prompt, 1 Physical Prompt and a O for a hand over hand.  All jobs are broken down into the smallest steps to increase student success.
Training/ Community Experiences Offered
The IOI student participates with support alongside students from other programs at CEVEC, student ratio is general 2 students to 1 staff.   Participation with a district wide recycling program that was created by the IOI and IOII programs at CEVEC.  As a classroom we are open to collate projects for clubs and groups within the community.  These programs continue to grow and change based on need.
 All students have adjusted well  to the routine of the IOI classroom.  A variety of students are working at the Eastlake Goodwill sorting clothing, this is a paid experience.  At the Cleveland Food Bank, students continue to package lunches, sort food into smaller boxes, including the assembly of cardboard boxes, weighing and taping closed.   At Landerhaven Executive Caterers students are currently sorting and polishing silverware this quarter.  We continue to count golf tees, zip ties for packaging.  Cutting paper and shredding continue to be a favorite in the Innovative Options I classroom.  Students also transport clean totes to the Vocational Adjustment lab loading dock after they have been cleaned.  Our partnership with Hillcrest pre-admissions testing department continues as well in preparing testing packets for patients.
 Training Sites/Businesses Utilized 
The Cleveland Food Bank
The Jewish Community Center
Ursuline College 
Sky Zone
Executive Caterers at Landerhaven
Hillcrest Hospital
Computers Again
Eastlake Goodwill 
Typical Outcome for Students
Students in the IOI program work with the County that they live in connecting with day programs and that will provide their young person with work experiences as well as a social component.  Other opportunities include volunteering and working in the community with support.  The teacher is responsible for assisting the student in a transition from school to work. 

Students at Work

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