WV Statewide Career Readiness Camp
14-21 Year Old High School Students
July 23-28, 2023
West Virginia Schools for the Deaf & Blind
Romney, WV

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  1. General Transition Services Provided by the 360 Degree Academy, Inc.
  2. WV's Transition Services and Accessible Delivery Mode Overview
  3. Program Details
  4. Procedure and Program Description
  5. Cost, Eligibility, and Deadline
  6. West Virginia Transition Required Registration Form
  7. Contact Information
  8. Meet the Instructor

1.  General TRANSITION SERVICES Provided by the 360 Degree Academy, Inc.

The 360 Degree Academy is a premier nationwide provider of a robust transition-focused services including career and college exploration onsite camp and curriculum that are designed for deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, late-deafened, unilaterally deaf,* and visually impaired high school students**, and are made possible due to an interagency collaboration throughout the school year and summer.

Here is a sneak peek below of our online curriculum.  After one-week camp at the WVSDB, the educators can reinforce campers' learning along with career-focused IEP goals during the school year. 

*The 360 Degree Academy has made a commitment to being inclusive and respects choices made by individuals who may describe themselves differently (e.g., their cultural identity, type of hearing loss, and/or communication preferences). The company also respects that identity may be fluid and communication preference may change over time or from one setting to another. 

**WV students need to be within a specific age range which is 14 to 21 year old.  Please contact crystal.g.law@wv.gov if you have questions about those who are almost 14 or over 21 year old. 
After the students participate in the 5-day camp from July 23 to 28, 2023, they will have access to our robust and comprehensive living curriculum encompassing 190+ videos totaling 17+ hours of content in addition to comprehension checks (quizzes) that can be used at schools or homes to support what they learned at the camp as well as transition/career IEP goals that are available to teachers at schools. Their access will remain with them until they graduate from high school.

The transition services provided are accessible to various communication methods which are accomplished through the following:

Direct instruction in American Sign Language (ASL) as primary choice of communication
Voice interpreter for those who use their residual hearing and/or rely on oral or spoken communication
Transcript/Braille for those who have visual support needs

Direct instruction for those who use American Sign Language (ASL) as primary choice of communication
All videos are sensory sensitive (view example clip in our included video).
Voice over of all instructional videos
Captioning for those who wish to listen or read while listening
Transcript for those who have visual support needs 
Comprehension Checks
3.  program details
Topics covered in the program (on-site and online curriculum): 
  • Understanding the Laws 
  • Job Exploration
  • Getting Ready to Work
  • Education & Training After High School
  • Social & Independent Living Skills
  • Self-Advocacy
4.  Procedure and Program Description
Download and submit application as instructed below.  If the student is currently not a Vocational Rehabilitation client, please contact crystal.g.law@wv.gov to open your case. It's best to do this and submit your camp application at the same time even if you are not sure of your summer plans. The registration form is found in section #6 below with one form specific to public school students and another form specific to current WVSDB students.

After approval, the student can participate in the 5-Days Onsite Transition Camp -- July 23-28, 2023

Thirty hours of targeted on-site outcome-driven transition skills instruction - 6 focused hours per day for 5 consecutive days - is offered onsite through an interagency collaboration between the WV Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS), WV Schools for the Deaf and Blind (WVSDB) and the 360 Degree Academy, Inc. This format also offers the opportunity for rich and organic interaction with peers and adult role models. Support staff will assist participants after the onsite program to support observation and training opportunities in their activities. After the camp, the participants and their support staff will also receive a complimentary license online curriculum as described above as well as an individualized assessment report. If the curriculum is used at school, please email contact@360degreeacademy.com to request an instructor account to support the student at school.  

(optional depending on the support provided at school or home)

Online curriculum to facilitate online flipped instruction offered by school personnel or transition service providers. This online curriculum is designed to be viewable from within the classroom or any other location convenient to the users and can supplement existing programming or form the foundation of transition skills instruction. The level of support will directly correlate with student's ability to complete an online self-paced curriculum with some students requiring limited support while others requiring additional support.

The 360 Degree Academy will also include the following resources:
- Transition IEP Goals at a Glance to facilitate the completion of student’s career-focused goals
- Instructor Guide with supporting activities
- Complimentary Instructor License will be made available to the assigned support staff assisting the student to monitor progress and generate progress reports.
- Implementation technical assistance
5.  COST, eligibility and DEADLINE
None, if eligible. There is no cost to the student, family, or school for the on-site camp and online transition curriculum. 

Eligibility requires students to have either IEP or 504 Plan or document showing their disability and is between 14 and 21 years old.  If you have students that could be eligible and are not in the age range, it's best to contact Crystal.g.law@@wv.gov to ask questions regarding age eligibility.

The student is required to submit their signed form along with permission from their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to the WV Division of Rehabilitation Services (WVDRS) (see registration form button below).

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:   April 21, 2023.  
6.  West Virginia Transition Service Registration Form
Download and complete the registration form to request to participate in the onsite camp and obtain access to the online curriculum after the camp. 

Please return all completed sections and additional documentation to:

Melanie Hesse
301 East Main Street Romney, WV 26757
Fax: 304-641-8005
Phone: 304-822-4842

You can also print, fill out, scan, and email to: mhesse@k12.wv.us.
Camp Registration and Program Questions (Section 6): If you have questions before you can register, please contact Melanie Hesse at mhesse@k12.wv.us. 

DRS Eligibility Questions (Section 4): If you have questions about opening a DRS case in general or to pay for costs related to the camp, please contact Crystal Law at crystal.g.law@wv.gov.

Transition Program and Curriculum Questions: Please contact Charity Reedy Warigon at charity@360degreeacademy.com.

Referrals: Share with others about the 14-21 year old transition camp. Use the link at www.360degreeacademy.com/wv-camp or download a copy of our flyer below.  

Meet the Instructor 

Before her retirement in 2019 from Gallaudet University, Charity advanced through the career ladder as Recruiter, Coordinator of Recruitment, Director of Admissions, Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, and Chief Enrollment Management Officer. As an educational leader with a deep and unique perspective of local, state and national levels of Deaf
Education and Deaf community, she extensively traveled and presented at over 3,000 K-12 schools and community colleges in 50 states, 9 Canadian provinces and overseas about educational and career pathways for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind individuals. She retired as a Special Assistant to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement for Engagement. In between her years of service at Gallaudet, she also served three years as the Executive Director of the West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing from 1999 to 2002. Immediately after her retirement from Gallaudet in 2019, she served on a one-year contract as the Interim Chief Executive Officer for the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). She is currently President & CEO of the 360 Degree Academy, Inc.


Charity grew up in Singers Glen, Virginia, approximately 15 miles from the state line which separates Virginia and West Virginia. Singers Glen is situated at the foot of the Shenandoah Valley portion of the Appalachian Mountain range where poverty meets the life of hard work. She was raised by her single Deaf father and comes from a long line of deafness on both sides of her family (6 generations). As a child, she was hard of hearing until she lost all of her hearing at 13 years of age. Losing her hearing was the best thing that happened to her. It removed her from the poverty and she became the first in her family to attend and graduate from college with assistance from the Virginia Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and by selling her cows for additional financial support. In addition to being deaf, Charity was diagnosed with Fuchs Dystrophy (low vision and genetic) later in life. Charity has bachelor's degree in Psychology and master's degree in Deaf Education from Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.


As a parent of two children with two types of hearing losses, Charity is familiar with both the IEP and the 504 Plan.  Her older daughter is bilaterally deaf while her younger son is unilaterally deaf.   Charity assisted them to establish a pigeon release business called “Every Celebration” when they were eight and five years old. For more than ten years, the business gave them far more than what a Lemonade Stand could offer them. They learned how to operate, market and take responsibility for their business. Those responsibilities cultivated the traits of maturity, dependability and frugality along with transferable skills such as marketing, self-management, computer literacy, writing, math and science skills. Due to their frugality and wise financial management, they independently bought their own Mac Pro notebooks, flew to Hawaii as part of their business, and made other personal goals with their own money starting when they were in elementary and middle schools. Her daughter is a recent graduate of American University with a master's degree in Environmental Science and son is currently operating a welding business.
Featured Instructor
"360 Degree Academy is passionate about bringing accessible education into every corner of every city, county, state, and country."

Charity Reedy Warigon

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