This fall, Keiron Dyck, senior, will be one of only five students in the Scholars with Diverse Abilities Pro- gram (SDAP) at Appalachian State University, a two-year program for intellectually disabled students.
“The program prepares students for a vocational career and for advanced life skills,” said Lorrie Marro, the CHS Transition Facilitator who helped Dyck apply to the program.
Dyck, who is the first person in the CHCCS district to get into the pro- gram, had a rigorous application pro- cess involving video presentations, interviews and essays.
“I had a long application plus an interview to get into SDAP,” said Dyck.
Other qualifications for SDAP included work in the community.
“They are really looking for students who are capable of persevering, that have done a lot of work in the community, and have done a lot of independent functioning in the community,” said Marro.
“I volunteered at UNC Hospitals, Weaver Street Market, with the softball team and at my church,” said Dyck when asked what works he’s done in the community.
Dyck also worked at Stratford Assisted Living to create a music program with the residents.
When looking for his next step after high school, Dyck knew he wanted to take an academic route.
“Keiron has always been one of our students who really loves school, studying and learning,” said Marro. “This is a really rigorous program.”
Dyck added that he liked the length of the program and that he could study courses of interest and courses about life skills. At App State, he hopes to continue his love of history, specifically learning about U.S History and the First Crusades.
“I think with his love of reading and academics and leading an independent lifestyle, Keiron is going to do great,” said John Faircloth, Occupational Course of Study teacher.
Overall, Dyck is excited about attending App State in the fall but will be sad to leave Chapel Hill.
“I am looking forward to having the experience of being a college student,” added Dyck.