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Reach Out

Reach Out classes are designed for young adults with mild to moderate intellectual or developmental disabilities and offer subject matter instruction in a variety of areas. Depending on the semester, courses related to nutrition, civics, personal awareness, life skills, child care, and much more are offered. Interesting topics and specialized curricula designed to engage a variety of learning styles are presented by our experienced teaching staff.

Reach Out Courses

Childcare and Development

This course provides a basic understanding of ways to manage child care and development.  Students will discuss the developmental expectations of young babies and children as well as their physical, intellectual and emotional needs.  In addition, we will address the topics of abuse and explore options for selecting appropriate child care.

Current Events

Students will learn about news as it happens from day to day.  We hope to increase understanding of global issues, economics, and politics in relationship to the United States and our world.  Other related topics we hope to include are sports, humor and entertainment as they apply to our community.

Daily Communication

This course reviews basic concepts of communication. Students will develop positive verbal and non-verbal skills and gain confidence in speaking to others through role-playing activities. Topics include beginning and ending a conversation, asking pertinent questions and appropriately participating in a conversation.

Everyday Math

This class will teach students how to apply basic math skills to situations that everyone encounters on a daiy basis.  Concepts related to money, time, recipes, and much more will be covered.

Introduction to Babysitting

This course will introduce students to best practices associated with being an effective babysitter.  Topics such as basic first aid and planning developmentally appropriate activities will be covered.  Students will also learn basic emergency protocols.

Introduction to Improv

Are you a young adult with an intellectual or developmental disability who has always wanted to act? This one-day, two-hour workshop provides you with skills to boost your confidence and helps you explore acting as a fun outlet for your creativity!

Life Skills

Students will discover and work with tools to better understand and enjoy life. Topics include communication skills, time management, decision making, setting expectations, careers, and goal setting.

Living on Your Own

This course is divided into two sections: the first five sessions focus on exploring personal values and goals and on developing emotional management skills; the second five sessions cover personal safety and include topics such as staying safe in public and at home, internet safety, identity theft and making healthy decisions.

Money Management

Students gain a basic understanding of ways to manage money, including topics such as cash, ATM's, credit and debit cards, shopping, budgeting, pricing and avoiding debt.  A simple budget will be developed by each student which will address basic expenditures, savings and discretionary spending.

Nutrition and Health

Students explore the role of nutrition in their overall health.  Topics include the importance of food choices, how to meal plan, shopping for food, and basic kitchen methods.  Students also learn about basic food groups and what careers are available in food and nutrition.

Personal Awareness

This course is divided into two sections: the first five sessions focus on exploring personal values and goals and on developing emotional management skills; the second five sessions cover personal safety and include topics such as staying safe in public and at home, internet safety, identity theft and making healthy decisions.

Survival Reading

The focus of this class is to improve student understanding of numerous types of reading that must be done to live in a modern society.  Students will practice and develop their skills in the areas of reading bills, instructions, maps, schedules, menus, catalogs and much more.

Partner Organization

Autismerica is an organization for students with autism and their parents. Each month Autismerica explores a different aspect of college success for students. There's social time too, with pool, ping pong, chess, checkers and video games. Parents are also given an opportunity to connect with each other. Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month. All are welcome. For more information, contact Michael Duggan at (630) 942-2845 or email duggan@cod.edu.

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Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Email: CE@cod.edu
Fax: (630) 942-3785

All COD facilities are closed to the public until further notice. If you are attempting to register for a class, Please leave a message and Continuing Education staff will return your call as soon as possible. You can also reach us by email at ce@cod.edu at any time.

Please note: all programming for Spring and Summer 2021 will be online (some exceptions apply).