STEMABILITY – Exploring Science & Engineering

STEMABILITY is a college transition program for rising high school juniors and seniors with disabilities and their parents. Scheduled for July 15-16 at Virginia Tech, the program will offer students the opportunity to explore career majors in engineering and science, try out assistive and learning technologies, and use self-advocacy skills to plan for accommodations.

Parents are also encourage to attend. Simultaneous sessions will help parent prepare for changing roles including moving from IDEIA to ADA, assistive technologies, college accommodations, career possibilities, and networking.

Link here for more information and an application, which is due April 30.

The program is sponsored by Virginia Tech and the National Science Foundation.

Youth Leadership Forum Accepting Applications

The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities has extended the deadline to receive applications to Youth Leadership Forum 2016! Rising juniors and seniors with disabilities are encouraged to submit their application by Monday, April 11. Applications are available at

The YLF will be held on the campus of Virginia State University (VSU), July 25-28! Students selected to attend the YLF will engage in personal, leadership, and career development training (skills needed for students in transition to the next level of their education and life after high school). The YLF will offer students the opportunity to learn from each other, as well as from state and national experts.

Students with disabilities applying to the YLF do not have to receive Special Education Services to be eligible to apply. Every student with a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, may apply.

YLF FLYER-Deadline Extended

Students Profit from Non-Traditional Extravaganza …

Suffolk Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education Advisory Council recently hosted its 7th Annual Non-Traditional Extravaganza on Thursday, February 18 at the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront. All sophomores and juniors were invited. This event provided the students the opportunity to meet and interact with professionals in non-traditional occupations in the Suffolk and Hampton Roads area. “Non-traditional” refers to occupations or fields of work for which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25 percent of the workforce. More than 25 representatives from non-traditional occupations were scheduled to participate.

Home Access Center – Warning

SunGard, the parent company of Suffolk Public School’s gradebook program, Teacher Access Center and Home Access Center, has notified the division of an issue that needs to be shared with parents and students.

Sungard has discovered that an app in the iTunes store called easyHAC is being marketed to parents and students as a cheap, advanced application that will allow easy access to student data. SunGard has notified the division about this app because the app is not provided by, nor endorsed by Sungard. SunGard has additionally shared that they can not make any assurances about the security of information provided to the third party provider of easyHAC. As a result, Suffolk Public School is discouraging parents and students from using the app, easyHAC. Any information provided to the third party provider of easyHAC by parents or student is at the user’s own risk.