If you or someone you care for is a survivor of childhood cancer facing learning difficulties, POGO’s Successful Academic and Vocational Transition Initiative (SAVTI) can help.
Survivors of brain tumours and other childhood cancers can develop learning difficulties resulting from their disease or treatment. This can impact their ability to achieve their educational and career goals.
SAVTI facilitates a smoother transition from high school to appropriate education and employment.
- Provide individual, customized service to young people, focusing on their strengths and skills
- Share various tools and technologies to guide survivors through the career exploration process
- Help survivors identify and implement learning strategies to improve academic or employment success
- Assist survivors with identifying appropriate career options and goals
- Develop a personal education and/or employment plan with survivors
- Link survivors with appropriate services and supports within colleges, universities, or the community
- Assist survivors in applying for admission to college or university and prepare survivors for employment
- Help survivors develop self-advocacy and problem-solving skills
For survivors of childhood cancer who are 16 years or older, SAVTI may be of help. For more information, please contact a SAVTI Counsellor. And, follow SAVTI on POGO’s social media accounts: twitter.com/pogo4kids and Facebook/PediatricOncologyGroupofOntario
SAVTI Provincial Coordinator and SAVTI Counsellor-Hamilton
Fax To Be Determined
Email Barb Williams
Ottawa & Kingston
519-685-8500 ext. 52527
Email Lori Otte
416-592-1232 ext. 255
Email Lucie Legault
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SAVTI Employment Handbook for Childhood Cancer Survivors
When you’re a young job seeker, what’s the first step you take to find the right opportunity? How do you prepare for the interview? What should you include on your resume? And for childhood cancer survivors, when do you disclose a disability, or should you? Are there local resources you can use to help? SAVTI’s Employment Handbook answers these and many other questions in an easy-to-read format that is sure to give you valuable tips and advice to help get you on the path to employment. Download PDF.
Pathways to Success for Survivors of Childhood Cancer: A Guide for Educators, Counsellors and Families
SAVTI developed this guide to provide clear, straightforward answers to the most frequently asked questions about how to effectively support survivors of childhood cancer as they move through critical transitions and choose pathways that meet their unique needs, capabilities and aspirations.
This publication marks a critical step forward in closing the knowledge gap, removing barriers for survivors of childhood cancer and helping this important group of young people build successful and rewarding futures.
Pathways to Success for Youth Facing Neurocognitive Challenges: A Guide for Educators and Counsellors
This guide is a companion publication to Pathways to Success for Survivors of Childhood Cancer: A Guide for Educators, Counsellors and Families. In addition to survivors of childhood cancer, it provides information on three other populations: Youth with acquired brain injury, epilepsy, and complications from premature birth. All three groups face similar issues as they transition from high school to post-secondary education or employment.
Like the original publication, this guide is intended to assist educators and counsellors as they work with youth transitioning from child to adult, from pediatric care to adult care, and from high school to post-secondary education, apprenticeship or employment.