When Your Teen Isn’t on the College Track

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Hey, homeschoolers! I attended a conference session years ago when I was getting ready to homeschool high school for the first time. This particular session was geared toward parents of advanced students who hoped to get full-ride scholarships. There certainly are those students, but there are many more of us who aren't in that category. We need to know how to approach homeschooling high school, too. If you have a special-needs student who isn't on the college track, I know you'll appreciate my interview with Natalie Vecchione.

Before I share our interview, I'd like to thank my sponsor: CTC Math.

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Natalie Vecchione and her co-author Cindy LaJoy, both homeschool moms, realized that their teens with developmental disabilities needed an alternative homeschool, high school trick in order to have a meaningful future. Together with their families, they battled confusion, isolation, and uncertainty. However, they turned their desperation into inspiration. Through entrepreneurship and apprenticeship, these moms prepared their teens with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder to move forward with confidence, hope, and a set of practical life and job skills. They have co-authored the book they wish they'd had called Blazing New Trails: Educating and Launching Teens with Developmental Disabilities. .

Thanks again to CTC Math for sponsoring this episode. Join me next time as I discuss how you can be more diligent this year. Have a happy homeschool week!

Resources for Teens Not on the College Track





The prevalence of FASD is much higher than people realize. A 2018 JAMA study by Phillip May, PhD. estimated 1 in 20 children have an FASD. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5839298/

Facts and Statistics about FASDhttps://www.proofalliance.org/about-fasd/factsheets/

There is currently national legislation for FASD prevention, research, services & supports in both the House & Senate. The FASD Respect Act – Senate Bill 2238 and HR 4151. https://nofaspolicycenter.org/the-fasd-respect-act/

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