June 18, 2010

Inclusive College Experience for People with Disabilities

I was excited to read a recent article by KansasCity.com about a new college program for young adults with disabilities to attend four year college and live in the dorms while learning independent living skills and taking classes. I would love to see more programs like this!

UCM’s two-year residential Transformation, Health, Responsibility, Independence, Vocation, Education [is a ] program for young adults with Down syndrome, autism and other developmental issues (go to www.ucmo.edu/thrive).

Students who qualify for THRIVE will live in the Warrensburg school’s dorms with traditional students and attend classes to enhance job skills and offer them new-found independence, said Joyce Downing, associate dean of UCM’s College of Education.
Some students, depending on ability, may stay on to earn a degree.

Funded by a grant of nearly $500,000 from Kansas City-based, nonprofit EXCEL, it is designed for students such as Warm who, once they have graduated from high school, work toward full inclusion in the workplace and society.

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