What is the refund policy for Summer virtual workshops?
- Requests for a full refund will be granted if requested before June 1, 2021 at 12 AM.
- Requests for a refund after June 1, 2021 at 12 AM and 2 weeks before each workshop will receive 50% of the amount paid.
- Requests for a refund later than 2 weeks before the workshop starts will not be granted.
- Medical reasons or other extenuating circumstances may be considered.
- If there are circumstances where TKU feels the program is not the right fit for your student (ie: extreme circumstances such as bullying even after social work intervention, etc.) you will be refunded for remaining days your student doesn’t attend.
Does my child have to sign up for all the weeks?
No, you can sign up for as few or as many weeks as you'd like. You can also sign up for either the morning session, afternoon, or both, as you see fit. All workshops have different topics/curriculum.
What are the times of the workshops?
The morning workshops are from 9 AM - 11:30 AM EST. The afternoon workshops are from 1 PM - 3:30 PM EST. Please note the Eastern Standard Times. You can absolutely still join if you are in another part of the country...or world!
What system will you use to host Summer virtual workshops?
We will be using the software Zoom for all virtual (online) workshops. Students should install Zoom onto their computers prior to the start of workshops and regularly install updates. Zoom is safe and private via multiple settings we have in place. In addition, TKU uses an NYU account which is very secure. An email with instructions on how to download Zoom and the Zoom address will be sent prior to the start date of each workshop.
Is a computer required to join the workshops?
A computer (MAC or PC) is highly recommended to fully experience the workshop and receive all its benefits. Joining on an iPad or similar device will limit the students' capabilities to use the software we will be teaching, however, they will still be able to join.
Does my child have to be on video?
It is not a requirement to be on video. However, we encourage all students to be on video. Aside from teaching technology skills, we want to provide a way for students to stay connected to each other and The TKU community. If you don't have a webcam for your computer, we'd suggest purchasing one, which you can get for around $20, such as a Logitech webcam. Alternatively, students may join the Zoom meeting using a phone or tablet with their video enabled, and participate in the workshop activities from a computer.
Can I help my student during the workshop?
If your student can work independently on the computer, we'd definitely encourage them to do so. However, if you'd like to help them along and feel they would benefit from having your direct help, then you or another adult can definitely join in with them!
How do I know if Tech Kids Unlimited is the right fit for my student?
Tech Kids Unlimited is designed for children ages 7-21 years of age who have been diagnosed with cognitive, learning, and emotional disabilities such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Auditory Processing Disorder, Anxiety, OCD, Executive Processing and Dyslexia. Students don’t need any previous tech knowledge to attend. TKU students usually attend private schools for students with disabilities, are home-schooled, go to non-public schools as well as the NYC Department of Education’s ASD NEST program. Most students have an IEP or a 504 Plan. Students should be able to function in a classroom-like environment and work mostly independently. Most of our students have a medium to high level of both receptive and expressive language with little to no behavioral issues. Most students come from a 12:1:1 classroom environment or a 8:1:1 classroom environment. We are not able to provide 1:1 help for students online at this time. TKU is not specifically trained in working with students who are nonverbal. However, in the virtual setting, we have seen them be successful with at home help. At TKU, we understand that students will need additional help and support, and we have staff to make sure they can succeed.
How do I know if a virtual workshop is appropriate for my student?
Students should have basic typing knowledge and be able to navigate their way around a computer (ie: understand how to open up a new browser, type in a URL, point and click, use a mouse, etc).
Do you offer financial aid?
Yes, we offer financial aid. You can fill out the financial aid form via www.techkidsunlimited.org/financialaid.
What is the size of each virtual classroom?
Each workshop will remain small with an average of no more than 15 students per class.
How many staff members are in each virtual classroom?
Every class will have a master tech teacher, an assistant teacher, and a counselor. There will also be a social worker who will work with each class on social-emotional learning. The social worker will be happy to talk with you on the phone about any issues that might come up during the class time.
Will my student be interacting with peers?
Yes, social-emotional learning is built into our program. Icebreakers, games, etc. are done to encourage students to interact with each other. The social worker will help encourage student interaction and connection.