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EDGE Program
Educating Disability Groups Through Education

What is EDGE?

The CRS Educating Disability Groups through Education (EDGE) Program is in place to support individuals with disabilities in and out of the classroom to ensure overall academic success in post­secondary education. The program is able to support students with immediate intervention needs, school, and class registration, exploring any available financial assistance, seeking any appropriate and necessary reasonable accommodations, ensuring the student seeks out their natural supports wherever possible, and providing in-person and in-the-classroom support as needed. All academic support will align with the student's documented short-term and long-term goals. The EDGE program can support students in the degree or certificate path of their choice that is available to them at their local/chosen college or university.

EDGE is available to any eligible regional center consumer who expresses a desire to attend and actively participate in college. We invite you to connect with our team for more information and instructions on potential next steps if it is determined that the EDGE program is an appropriate match.
 
To begin the process of joining EDGE, let your service coordinator at your regional center know. This flyer contains our vendor number and information to help them get started. Once they send us a referral packet, our staff will schedule a tour, which may include your intake. If it is a good match, we will inform the regional center of our decision and get services started soon after. 

History of E.D.G.E

in January 2018 in collaboration with east la college CRS launched the first-ever dual-enrollment college program for high school youth with disabilities. allowing this group of transitional youth to obtain an engineering and graphic design certification.

on august 24th 2019, CRS decided to push the envelope even further. CRS is bringing the first ever fully integrated associate's degree college program that brings in-and-out-of-classroom support directly to individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. all services are provided within the college campus, fully driven by the individual choice of degree path and college campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I start the process of joining EDGE?

To start the process of joining EDGE, you must let your Consumer Service Coordinator (CSC) at the Regional Center know of your interest. Your CSC will then send over a referral packet to their internal education specialist or directly to the EDGE Program Director. Once the referral packet is received and reviewed by the EDGE Program Staff, an appointment will be scheduled. This appointment is an opportunity for the applicant to tour our office, meet with the director and staff, meet you and your support and do an initial intake and academic assessment, if needed. Shortly after, the EDGE Program Director will send your CSC a decision letter. If accepted, your CSC and Regional Center staff will initiate the process to approve the services, typically within 30 days.

So I must be a Regional Center Consumer to be a part of EDGE?

Yes. In order to receive EDGE services, you must be an active consumer of the regional center. EDGE services are free for you, but paid for by your regional center.

How old do I need to be to join EDGE?

To receive EDGE services, you must be at least 18 years of age and graduating from high school or have already graduated. 

Do I need to know what I want to study to join EDGE?

No, you don’t need to know your major right away, but you do need to know that you want to be in college and want a college degree or certificate. This program is not meant for anyone looking to just pass time or who only want to take fun elective classes.

I am a DOR (Department Of Rehabilitation) Consumer, do I qualify for EDGE services?

No. Although having DOR services is helpful with your academic goal, EDGE is a vendored program of Regional Center. You must also be a client of Regional Center to qualify for EDGE services. 

Are your staff like my 1 to 1, similar to my aide in High School?

No. Our staff mostly work at a 1:3 ratio, meaning, each staff member has up to 3 students they are responsible for. Although sometimes our staff may only be working with you at certain days and times, they are not exclusive to you. It is important that you communicate with your staff what your schedule is for the semester and the level of support you will need so that appropriate time is set aside to support you. Your staff may likely change every semester, as well, for different reasons. 

How much support will I receive?

That depends. As mentioned, we can support you as soon as services are approved by your regional center. We can assist you with: enrolling you into college, registering for classes, registering for disabled student services (and other appropriate services), registering for financial aid assistance (and any scholarship opportunities you want to apply for), supporting you in the classroom with things like note taking, prompting, facilitating, intervening, redirecting, and supports like campus navigation, accessing campus resources like first aid, tutoring, clubs and more. The EDGE Program can support you with up to 144 hours per month, but the regional center would need to approve those hours first. Ultimately, it all depends on the level of support you feel that you need and what you advocate for. 

I tried college before and I am now on academic probation, can EDGE help?

Maybe. You will need to follow the steps above as if you are joining our program. During the intake process, our staff will assess in more detail as to what led to your academic probation status and whether we can assist or not. In the event that we cannot assist, our staff will do what they can to offer you recommendations and/or resources to help you. 

I struggle with reading, writing or math, can EDGE help me so that I am successful in college?

Maybe. This depends on various factors and it is something we discuss during the intake process. Things like your academic goal and ambition and desire to succeed play a role in your ultimate success. If you are determined to succeed, seek out the resources that will help you, are consistent in your work, then you are already setting a higher probability of overcoming those subjects you struggle with. Our staff will do everything they can to help you, as long as you put in the same amount of effort. 

I told my CSC at the regional center about EDGE and they said they never heard of it, what do I do?

Sad face…that’s okay. If our EDGE program is vendored with your regional center, or even if there is what’s called a courtesy vendorization in place, you can have your CSC contact the EDGE Program Director and they can provide them with the vendor number and service code. If for any reason they still can’t locate it, we will do our best to work with them in an effort to get these services for you, but, we make no promises. Ultimately, it is up to the regional center to approve these services for you.

What if I didn’t graduate high school or get my high school diploma?

Contact us anyway. Let’s have a conversation about your specific circumstances and see if EDGE may still be an option for you or perhaps one of our other programs or services may be a better option for you. 

My question isn’t listed, who should I reach out to?

Send an email to the Director of College Transition Services using the form below. Your submission will go directly to his inbox and will be responded to within two business days. for more information, please contact 

Hector Ochoa

Director of College Transitions

Email: hochoa@scrs-ilc.org

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