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School Students Served Location Housing Program Length
Florida Atlantic University
Academy for Community Inclusion
18+

Jupiter

Yes Approx. 2 years
Florida International University (FIU)
Panther PLUS: Postsecondary Learning for Universal Success
Ages 22-26

Miami

Available May-July Only 2 years
Florida International University & Dade Public Schools
Panther LIFE: Learning Is For Everyone
18-21

Miami

Not Available 1-4 Years
Florida Keys Community College
Project ACCESS
All ages

Key West

Yes 1-3years
Florida Panhandle Technical College
Florida Panhandle Program
18+

Chipley

No 3-4years
Florida State College Jacksonville & Duval County Schools, FDDC
V.E.R.T.I.C.A.L
18+

Jacksonville

No 1-1.5yrs
Pensacola State College
The Arc Gateway PALS
18+

Pensacola

No 2years + practicum
Santa Fe College
Project SAINT
18-25

Gainesville

No 1-2years
Southeastern University
Pathways School of Excellence
18-25

Lakeland

Yes 4 years
Tallahassee Community College & Leon County Schools
EAGLE Connections
19-30

Tallahassee

No 3years
University of Central Florida
Inclusive Education Services
18+

Orlando

Yes 2-4years
University of North Florida & Arc
On Campus Transition
18+

Jacksonville

Yes 2 or 4years
University of South Florida St. Petersburg & Pinellas County Public Schools
STINGRAY
18-22

St. Petersburg

No 2years

Inclusive Florida Colleges for Students with Intellectual Disability

Here you will find an evolving list of Florida’s inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) programs serving students between the ages of 18 and 43. Programs listed here are those the Consortium was able to contact and met the definition of inclusive postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities as defined in the TPSID initiative of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA, 2008).

Click here to learn more about Inclusive Postsecondary Education (IPSE).

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA; 2008) defines inclusive postsecondary education programs as those where students with intellectual disabilities take college courses and work in internships and employment, both with their typical peers. The initiative calls for the establishment of meaningful credentials for students with intellectual disabilities; credentials that speak to employers of capability, skills, and self-initiative. Finally, the initiative focuses on gainful employment outcomes; postsecondary education must result in paid employment (FCIHE, 2016).

If you are aware of a Florida IPSE program that is not on this list that you believe meets the requirements above, please contact Dr. Kathleen Becht at Kathleen.Becht@ucf.edu.

Florida Atlantic University

Academy for Community Inclusion

Credential/Certification Type: Supported Employment, Supported Community Living, and Supported Community Access Certificates

Course work: Academically Specialized & Inclusive Courses (audit) with supplemental work

Program length: Average of 2 years

Housing: Limited housing available beginning Summer 2017

Employment: Internships and paid employment

Advising: Certification Focused

  • Individualized Accommodations & Supports
  • College ID, Social & Club Memberships

Required

  • Documentation of intellectual and developmental disability
  • Age 18 or older
  • High school graduate (Non-standard diploma accepted)
  • No behavior difficulties
  • Independently able to navigate campus

Location

Jupiter

How to Apply

Complete application online by clicking here.

Contact

Dr. Mary Louise Duffy

mduffy@fau.edu

 

Florida International University (FIU)

Panther PLUS: Postsecondary Learning for Universal Success

Credential/Certification Type: Certificate of Successful Completion of the Panther PLUS Program

Course work: Academically Inclusive Courses (audit) with supplemental work

Program length: 2 years

Housing: Only during Summer Supported Independent Living Experience  (May-July)

Employment: Campus-Based Specialized Internship, Community Based Specialized Internships, and Paid Employment

Advising: Certification & Career Focused

  • Individualized Accommodations & Supports, Program of Study, University ID card, Social & Club Memberships

Required

  • Documentation of intellectual disability
  • Ages 22-26
  • Expectation of employment upon graduation
  • Non-standard diploma accepted

Location

Miami

How to Apply

Contact

Dr. Diana Valle-Riestra

Riestrad@fiu.edu

Florida International University & Dade Public Schools

Panther LIFE: Learning Is For Everyone

Credential/Certification Type: Certificate of Successful Completion

Course work: Academically Inclusive Courses (audit) with supplemental work

Program length: Minimum of 2 years

Housing: Only during Summer Residential Program (May-June)

Employment: Internships and paid employment

Advising: Certification & Career Focused

  • Individualized Accommodations & Supports
  • College ID, Social & Club Memberships

Required

  • Documentation of intellectual disability
  • Ages 18-21
  • Expectation of employment upon graduation
  • Non-standard diploma accepted

Location

Miami

How to Apply

Contact

Dr. Diana Valle-Riestra

Riestrad@fiu.edu

Florida Keys Community College

Project ACCESS

Credential/Certification Type: Multiple Certification options available

Course work: Academically Specialized & Inclusive Courses (audit) with supplemental work

Program length: 1-3 years

Housing: Available

Employment: Internships and paid employment

Advising: Career-Focused or Certification Focused

  • Individualized Accommodations & Supports
  • College ID, Social & Club Memberships

Required

  • Documentation of intellectual disability
  • Age-Open
  • Expectation of employment upon graduation
  • Non-standard diploma accepted

Location

Key West

How to Apply

Contact

Karla Malsheimer

karla.malsheimer@fkcc.edu

Florida Panhandle Technical College

Florida Panhandle Program

Credential/Certification Type: Industry certificates

Course work: Academically Inclusive Courses (audit) with supplemental work

Program length: 1-2 years

Housing: Not available

Employment: Internships and paid employment

Advising: Career or Certification Focused

  • Individualized Accommodations & Supports
  • College ID, Social & Club Memberships

Required

  • Documentation of intellectual disability
  • Age 18 or older
  • Expectation of employment upon program completion
  • Non-standard diploma accepted

Location

Chipley

How to Apply

Contact Martha Compton for more information.

Contact

Martha Compton

Martha.compton@fptc.edu

Florida State College Jacksonville & Duval County Schools, FDDC

V.E.R.T.I.C.A.L

Credential/Certification Type: Workforce & Industry certificates and state licenses

Course work: Academically Specialized & Inclusive Courses (audit) with supplemental work

Program length: 1-1.5 years

Housing: Not available

Employment: Internships and paid employment

Advising: Career or Certification Focused

  • Individualized Accommodations & Supports
  • College ID, Social & Club Memberships

Required

  • Documentation of intellectual disability
  • Age 18 or older
  • Expectation of employment upon graduation
  • Non-standard diploma accepted

 

Location

Jacksonville

How to Apply

Contact the Project Coordinator for application materials

Contact

Denise Giarrusso
Denise.giarrusso@fscj.edu

Pensacola State College

The Arc Gateway PALS

Credential/Certification Type: Program certification is designed to prepare students for the work force.

Course work: Students may take class for credit or audit.

Program length: 2 years, plus summer practicum

Housing: Not available

Employment: Internships and paid employment

Advising: Career-Focused

  • Individualized Accommodations & Supports
  • College ID, Social & Club Memberships

Required

  • Attended High School
  • Age 18 or older
  • Want to attend college
  • Eligible to receive services from APD or a child of a veteran living in Florida

Location

Pensacola

How to Apply

Contact

Santa Fe College

Project SAINT

Credential/Certification Type: Certificate of program completion in Early Childhood Certification, Nursing Assistant, Construction Industries Core Certification, Safe Food Handling, First Aid/CPR, and Red Carpet Service Training.

Course work: Adult education and/or audit (general education)

Program length: 1-2 years

Housing: Not available

Employment: Internships and paid employment

Advising: Career or Certification Focused

  • Individualized Accommodations & Supports
  • College ID, Social & Club Memberships

Required

  • Documentation of intellectual disability
  • Age 18 – 25
  • Expectation of employment upon graduation
  • Non-standard diploma accepted

Location

Gainesville

How to Apply

Contact Project Administrator

Contact

Southeastern University

Pathways School of Excellence

Credential/Certification Type: Certificate of Achievement
Course work: Academically Inclusive Courses (audit) with supplemental work
Program length: 4 years
Housing: Available
Employment: Internships and volunteer work

Advising: Career-Focused

Required
• Documentation of intellectual disability
• Character Reference
• School District Transition Services Plan
• Ages 18-25

Location

Lakeland

How to Apply

Contact

Theresa Paton
tkpaton@seu.edu

Tallahassee Community College & Leon County Schools

EAGLE Connections

Credential/Certification Type: TCC Certificate

Course work: Academically Inclusive Courses (audit) with supplemental work

Program length: 3 years

Housing: Not available

Employment: Internships and paid employment

Advising: Career-Focused

  • Individualized Accommodations & Supports
  • College ID, Social & Club Memberships

Required

  • Documentation of intellectual disability
  • Age 19-30
  • Expectation of employment upon graduation
  • Non-standard diploma accepted

Location

Tallahassee

How to Apply

Contact

Cayle Sullivan

sullivac@tcc.fl.edu

University of Central Florida

Inclusive Education Services

Credential/Certification Type: In development

Course work: Academically Inclusive Courses (audit) with supplemental work

Program length: 3 years

Housing: Available

Employment: Internships and paid employment

Advising: Career-Focused

  • Individualized Accommodations & Supports
  • College ID, Social & Club Memberships

Required

  • Documentation of intellectual disability
  • Age 18 or older
  • Expectation of employment upon graduation
  • Non-standard diploma accepted
  • Exited K-12 school system

Location

Orlando

How to Apply

Contact

Adam Meyer

Adam.meyer@ucf.edu

University of North Florida & Arc

On Campus Transition

Credential/Certification Type: Certificate of program completion

Course work: Academically Inclusive Courses (audit) with supplemental work

Program length: 2 or 4 years

Housing: Available

Employment: Internships and paid employment

Advising: Career-Focused

  • Individualized Accommodations & Supports
  • College ID, Social & Club Memberships

Required

  • Documentation of intellectual disability
  • Age 18 or older
  • Expectation of employment upon graduation
  • Non-standard diploma accepted

Location

Jacksonville

How to Apply

Contact

Bernadette Gismonde

bgismonde@arcjacksonville.org

University of South Florida St. Petersburg & Pinellas County Public Schools

STINGRAY

Credential/Certification Type: Certificate of program completion

Course work: Academically Inclusive Courses (audit) with supplemental work

Program length: 2 years

Housing: Not available

Employment: Internships and paid employment

Advising: Career-Focused

  • Individualized Accommodations & Supports
  • College ID, Social & Club Memberships

Required

  • Documentation of intellectual disability
  • Age 18-22
  • Expectation of employment upon graduation
  • Non-standard diploma accepted

Location

St. Petersburg

How to Apply

Contact Project Coordinator

Contact

L. Danielle Roberts-Dahm

lroberts@usfsp.edu


University of Central Florida

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Orlando, FL 32816-3661

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