The Choice is Yours!
Attention students and families: Interested in exploring your college options? Join us for our first annual College Fair on the evening before the conference begins. Dozens of programs from around the country will be there to meet you and answer questions about going to college.
Inclusive College Fair at #SOTA2019
November 12, 2019, 5-7pm
University of Nevada, Reno
Joe Crowley Student Union
Milt Glick Ballroom
Cost to Attend:
FREE for all families interested in learning about inclusive higher education programs!
FREE for all registered State of the Art and Student Leadership Attendees!
RSVP with your name and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost To Exhibit:
FREE for all registered programs attending State of the Art!*
$50 for programs who do not have a representative registered for State of the Art.
*All programs must sign up for an exhibit booth using the link below:
Aggies Elevated at Utah State University
Contact: Sue Reeves, Program Director
Aggies Elevated is a federally designated Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) at Utah State University that offers a two-year certificate in Integrated College and Community Studies for young adults with intellectual disabilities. The certificate and curriculum have been approved by the Utah Board of Regents and Utah State University as a vocational program. As a CTP, our students are eligible to complete the FAFSA and receive certain forms of federal financial aid. The goal of Aggies Elevated is competitive, integrated employment (at or above minimum wage) for our graduates.
The University of Alabama- CrossingPoints Program
Contact: Amy Williamson, CrossingPoints Program Coordinator
The University of Alabama's CrossingPoints Program is a multi-tiered program serving college students with intellectual disabilities.
Auburn University: EAGLES Program
Contact: Madeline Castle, Graduate Assistant
The EAGLES Program is a comprehensive transition program (CTP) for students with intellectual disabilities. The program provides a postsecondary education opportunity for students with intellectual disabilities to engage in a two-year (four semester) residential campus experience or a four-year (eight semester) residential and off-campus experience to develop life skills. Additionally, students participate in Auburn University courses, EAGLES-Program specific courses, social skills instruction, employment opportunities, and student organizations. The overall goal of the EAGLES program is to prepare students to becoming contributing members of society.
Augustana University - Augie Access Program
Contact: Jessica Lamb, Program Director
As an outcome-based Comprehensive Post-Secondary Transition Program, Augie Access empowers 18-26 year old adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities to obtain competitive employment, live independently, and engage socially though explicit instruction in career readiness, self-determination, and though employment internships.
University of Cincinnati Transition and Access Program
Contact: Kerri Wolfer, Campus Life Coordinator
The University of Cincinnati Transition and Access Program provides a four-year college education for students who what to Live, Work, Learn and Lead a promising future.
Elmhurst Learning & Success Academy (ELSA) at Elmhurst College
Contact: Tim Ahlberg, Assistant Director of Admission
ELSA is a four-year college experience program for young adults with differing abilities at Elmhurst College. We emphasize academics, career exploration and social/recreational skill development in a four-year college environment.
Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities at UCF
Contact: Drew Andrews, Technical Assistance Coordinator
The Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities is charged by state legislation to provide support to institutions of higher education to establish Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Programs (FPCTP) at universities, state colleges, and career technical centers. Currently, there are 13 approved FPCTPs providing inclusive postsecondary education to students with intellectual disabilities.
Georgia Tech Excel Program
Contact: Ashley McKeen, Academic Coordinator/Lecturer
The Excel Program offered by the Georgia Institute of Technology is a four-year college program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) leading to two separate Certificates. The first is a Certificate in Academic Enrichment, Social Fluency and Career Exploration and the second is a Certificate in Social Growth, Leadership, and Career Development. Excel provides a structured, supportive, and inclusive postsecondary educational opportunity and addresses the full scope of the needs of this population from fundamental academics to social activities and vocational preparation. The program activities are categorized into one or more categories: academics, social fluency, independent living, career exploration, and development.
George Mason University Mason LIFE
Contact: Rob LeSueur, Community Involvement Specialist
The Mason LIFE program’s mission is to educate students with IDD through programming in academics, employment, residential living, community involvement, and behavioral health, as these areas foster the inclusion of Mason LIFE students in all aspects of the university.
Contact: Julie Pollard, Director
InclusiveU at Syracuse University
Contact: Bud Buckhout, Director
University of Iowa: UI REACH
Contact: Erica Kaldenberg, Associate Research Scientist
UI REACH (Realizing Educational and Career Hopes) is a comprehensive transition program for students ages 18-25 years old with intellectual, cognitive and learning disabilities. UI REACH offers an integrated college experience in a caring and structured environment. Areas of focus include academics, student life, and career and transition. Upon completion students receive a two, three, or four-year certificate.
Lesley University Threshold Program
Contact: Cara Streit, Associate Director & Director of Academics, Innovation, & Inclusion
Located in beautiful Cambridge, MA, Lesley University's Threshold Program is an inclusive higher education program for young adults with diverse learning, developmental, and intellectual disabilities. For more than 37 years, we’ve been helping students navigate life with confidence. At Lesley, dorm living, campus life, internships, and a curriculum focused on career training and independence create a college experience that feels both authentic and supported. Visit us at lesley.edu/threshold-program or check us out in person at a monthly open house!
Missouri State University: Bear POWER
Contact: Rachel Heinz, Director
Bear POWER is a two and a half year inclusive college program at Missouri State University. Students in the program live on campus and are fully integrated into the college experience. Bear POWER is a CTP approved program by the United States Dept of Education. More information can be found at missouristate.edu/bearpower.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas: Project FOCUS
Contact: Brigitte Sison, Program Coordinator
Project F.O.C.U.S. (Forming Occupational and Community Understanding for Success) is a 2 year post-secondary education program for young adults with intellectual/developmental disability. F.O.C.U.S. uses the principles of the Universal Design for Learning and Person Centered planning to provide a 100% inclusive program that helps college students achieve current and future academic, independent living, and employment goals.
University of Nevada, Reno: Path to Independence
Contact: Jessica Keefhaver, Academic Coordinator
Path to Independence (P2I) is an inclusive, two-year, non-degree certificate program for students with intellectual disabilities at the University of Nevada, Reno. With components including academic and social, independent living, and employment, students have a typical college experience, leading them to competitive integrated employment and the ability to live independently. Activities are based on a person-centered plan. Dual enrollment opportunities are available with nearby school districts. P2I is in its 7th year of operation. Eighty-four percent (84%) of P2I graduates are competitively employed and/or have continued in college.
The College of New Jersey Career & Community Studies Program
Contact: Amy Schuler, Assistant Director
Career & Community Studies (CCS) at The College of New Jersey is a four year college-based certificate program for young adults with intellectual disabilities ages 18-25 (student must turn 18 by December of their freshman year in the CCS program. Student must be 25 or under at the start of their freshmen year in the CCS Program). This program is designed to prepare students for adult life through academic rigor, career discovery/readiness and peer socialization as part of a diverse community of learners.
Contact: Samantha Martin, Assistant Director
What's next? For many 18- to 22-year olds, it's college or a college-like experience that serves as a transition to independent living, a job and adulthood. Through Northwestern NEXT, students with intellectual or developmental disabilities can participate in campus life and learning at Northwestern College. Our two-year program offers students with disabilities the opportunity to:
- Live in a college residence hall with a specially selected roommate/peer mentor
- Participate in campus activities and social events with same-aged peers
- Take customized classes in practical academics, health and wellness, independent living, and career readiness
- Audit up to 6 credits per semester of pre-approved courses from the college catalog
Pennsylvania Inclusive Higher Education Consortium
Contact: Dr. Ann Marie Licata, Director of Pennsylvania IHE Consortium
Within the state of Pennsylvania, there are over a dozen programs that exist for young adults with intellectual disability. Program information will be available for many of these programs including several with residential options.
Contact: Liz Plachta, ED
Ruby's Rainbow grants scholarships to students with Down syndrome for post-secondary education, vocational or enrichment classes while bringing awareness to how cool and capable they are!
UMSL Succeed Program
Contact: Jonathan Lidgus, Director
Succeed is a post-secondary program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities ages 18 through 25 years at the University of Missouri-St. Luis Program participants can earn a Chancellor’s Certificate by completing the two-year residential or commuter program. Succeed's mission is to provide an opportunity for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to develop the skills necessary to become participating members of their community through inclusion in university life and, in so doing, to enrich the diversity of the university.
Vanderbilt University: Next Steps
Contact: Megan Vranicar, Employment Specialist
Next Steps at Vanderbilt is a 4-year inclusive higher education program committed to providing students with intellectual disability an inclusive, transformational post-secondary education in academics, social and career development, and independent living, while honoring equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.
Western Carolina University's University Participant Program
Contact: Kelly Kelley, UP Program Director
The WCU UP Program provides an inclusive, two-year, on-campus living and learning experience for college-aged persons with intellectual disabilities. The goal of the program is to facilitate UP students' transition from secondary school to adult life with education, employment and independent living.
UP students live in on-campus dormitories distributed throughout university residence halls under the same university policies that apply to all WCU students. On-campus life is fully integrated and inclusive. There are no separate facilities, settings or classes for UP students.
WCU undergraduate students are recruited to provide paid and unpaid support to facilitate UP Students living on campus, attending classes, engaging in social and recreational activities, becoming involved in student organizations and developing friendships.