Zach Simpler of Lewes, a 2018 Cape Henlopen graduate, has been accepted into the University of Delaware Career and Life Studies two-year program on the main campus, beginning in the 2019-20 school year.
CLSC utilizes a person-centered planning process to offer individualized experiences that are in line with student goals.
“It’s an on-campus program for students like Zach who need assistance and support,” said Zach’s dad Mike Simpler. “He is really excited to be going to college and wanted to thank all the teachers and community people who continue to help and support him along the way. “
This special program costs $29,000 per year per student. Eligible students can receive up to $12,000 per year toward the cost from the Delaware Division of Developmental Disabilities Services and $5,500 per year from the Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.
During Zach’s four years at Cape, he was a member of the cross country, track and swimming teams. And he made cameo appearances as the school mascot, sometimes removing his Viking head to talk to people because of the social nature of his personality.
According to information published by the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies, “students are expected to be as independent as possible in the CLSC program where orientation and support are offered at the beginning of new activities, then fade quickly to facilitate independence. Students who successfully complete the program receive a certificate in career and life studies from the university’s Division of Professional and Continuing Studies.”