What is Digitability?
Digitability is an award winning pre-employment transition program used in the classroom to prepare students with work-ready skills for the tech-driven workforce
Digitability's mission is to enable students with cognitive disabilities to transition to their independence by preparing them with work-ready skills required to gain meaningful employment in our tech-driven workforce.
Be Work-ready to Become Independent
For people with cognitive disabilities to achieve their independence, digital literacy, social skills and a contextual understanding of technology's use in the workplace is essential. Without these work-ready skills our generation faces a critical barrier to becoming independent self-advocates. Digitability is the bridge from your student's education to fulfilling work post-transition. You can learn more about Digitability by seeing a free demo.
The Digitability Story
Digitability was born out of advocacy and designed for adolescents and adults with a cognitive disability.
The Digitability's award-winning work-ready training program was created by Michele McKeone, M. Ed., a special education teacher who taught students with a wide-range of cognitive and behavioral needs at South Philadelphia High School for more than seven years.
While teaching she realized that students with disabilities were pigeonholed into unemployment or underemployment. Her observation mirrored the 70% unemployment rate for people with cognitive disabilities. Michele recognized that in order for her students to achieve their independence and obtain employment, they would need to overcome society's immense social and psychological barriers to achieve their independence.
Going beyond social and psychological barriers.
Throughout her years teaching, Michele worked with a wide range of cognitive and behavioral needs including; her students ranged in verbal ability, IQ ranges, auditory processing delays, speech and language issues, fine motor skill ability, executive functions and social and emotional capacity. Nonetheless, the classroom had high expectations and each student worked to build their skills-based portfolio and develop the workplace social and communication skills.
Leveling the playing field and competing with neuro-typical peers. In 2010, her student competed and place third in the multimedia category of Philadelphia's Regional Computer fair. Using the curriculum and methodology of Digitability, she taught her students a wide range of technological, communication, social skills, need to complete; however, the ultimate lesson was to persevere and become an empowered person who knows how to self-advocate.
By teaching her students marketable, digital life skills and building their self-advocacy skills, Michele was able to increase her students transition outcomes and employment opportunities. Digitability takes everything she understand from her seven years in the classroom and brings it into any classroom.
Just as Michele saw a need for more services for her own students, we hear parents and teachers loud and clear when they ask for more to support transition programs. With an increase in early intervention resources, we are seeing an increase in educational outcomes; however, there are still very few resources to support adolescents and many are left without a plan for their future transition. To learn more about brining Digitability to your school or organization, sign up for a FREE INFO SESSION.
Executive Director for Educational Services, Bancroft
Digitability's Scientific Advisory Board
Digitability’s curriculum is backed by science and proven in the classroom. We have a team of experts behind Digitability's curriculum and project-based learning modules.
David Mandell, Sc. D.
Director of Center of Mental Health Policy and Services Research, UPenn School of Medicine
David is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of Center of Mental Health Policy and Services Research, UPenn School of Medicine. For the past 15 years, he has conducted research on strategies to improve quality of care for individuals with autism in community settings.
Catherine Chase, M.A.
LDTC, Psycho-Educational Diagnostician and Learning Consultant/ Reading Specialist
Catherine is a Psycho-Educational Diagnostician and Learning Consultant providing interventions in attention, learning and behavior with over 30 years of experience. Chase was the first educator to receive a Fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
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Digitability is the only web-based curriculum, backed by science, that teaches digital literacy, social skills and job-readiness to people with a cognitive disability so they can become independent self-advocates.