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

Jupiter and Boca Raton

Yes Approx. 2 years
Florida International University (FIU)
FIU Embrace Education
Ages 18-25

Miami

Eligible for residential in the second year of the program 3 years
The College of the Florida Keys
Project ACCESS
All ages

Key West

Yes 1-3years
Florida Panhandle Technical College
Project Independence
18+

Chipley

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

Jacksonville

No 1-1.5yrs
Indian River State College
Project STAGE
18+

Fort Pierce

No 2 years
McFatter Technical College
Grow Your Future
Those who have exited the K-12 system

Broward County, Florida (Ft Lauderdale area)

No Varies
Pensacola State College
The Arc Gateway PALS
18+

Pensacola

No 2years + practicum
Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College
Project TOPS
Ages 18-22

Miami

Not available 1-4 years
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
Eagle Connections
18+

Tallahassee

No 2-3 Years
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

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, colleges, and universities 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 [email protected].

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 of Study: Community Employment, Supported Access, or Supported Living

Program length: 3 years

Housing: Not Available

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

Financial Aid Certifications:

  • Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) Certified
  • Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program (FPCTP) Certified

Program Website: Academy for Community Inclusion

Location

Jupiter and Boca Raton

How to Apply

Complete application online by clicking here.

Contact

Dr. Michael Brady

[email protected]

Florida International University (FIU)

FIU Embrace Education

Programs of Study Available: Hospitality, Technology, Digital Communication or Health and Wellness

 Credential/Certification:  Certificate of completion, students can earn digital credentials/badges and industry certifications in their area of specialization.

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

Credit Type: Audited

Supports Available:  FIU Disability Resource Center and FIU Embrace staff; assigned peer, academic, social and faculty mentors;  Community Assistants while living in the dorms.

Program length: 3 years 

Program Outcome: Expectation of employment 

Campus Type: Students are eligible for residential in the second year of the program 

 

Eligibility: 

 

  • A documented intellectual disability 
  • High school diploma (including special diploma)
  • Applicant has legal authority to make any/all decisions
  • 18-25 years old
  • 3rd grade reading level
  • Applicant functions independently with minimal supervision
  • Applicant is independent with all personal medication

 

 Documentation Required: 

  • Completed FIU Embrace Application
  • Copy of High School/Special Diploma or Letter from school (on school letterhead) indicating that the applicant currently meets criteria for graduation and his/her expected date of graduation.
  • Copy of Plenary/Limited Guardianship document or Power of Attorney (only if applicable)
  • Documentation of intellectual disability  

 

Institutional Certifications or Approvals: none

Program Capacity: 40 

 

Average Annual Applications:  We have a program capacity of forty students.  That being said, the number of applicants in each given year is dependent on the number of graduates in the previous year.  

Location:  FIU Modesto Maidique Campus, Miami Florida

 

Apply to: Email [email protected] to inquire about application procedures. 

 

Program Website http://fiuembrace.fiu.edu/home/

Location

Miami

How to Apply

Email [email protected] to inquire about application procedures.

Contact

Nicole Attong

[email protected]

The College of the Florida Keys

Project ACCESS

Programs of Study Available:   Requisite first year-Customer Service, Additional Programs of Study available upon completion.

Credential/Certification: Project ACCESS Certificate of Completion and industry certification- Customer Service and Sales. Optional Year 2: Multiple College Credit Certificate opportunities, many include industry certifications. See details. 

Course work: Academically Specialized & Inclusive Courses (credit-earning) with on-campus internships. Number of  credits required depends upon Credential sought.

Credit Type: Credit-earning

Supports Available: Individualized accommodations and supports through Peer Mentors and Tutors, Career and Internship Coach, Project ACCESS Staff and Instructors, Student Accessibility Services Staff, Learning Resource Center Staff, Advising Services and Student Success Staff.   

Program length: 1-2 years  

Program Outcome: Expectation of employment 

Campus Type: Commuter and Residential

Documentation Required: 

  • Documentation of intellectual disability  
  •   Non-standard HS diploma accepted
  • Recent psychological evaluation
  • Vocational Rehabilitation client with Individualized Plan for Employment  

Eligibility: 

  • A person with an intellectual disability 
  • Age- 18+ 
  • Exited K-12 system 

Institutional Certifications or Approvals: FPCTP and CTP

Program Capacity: 20

Average Annual Applications: 7

Location:  Key West

Apply to: Katie Norland, Director of Student Success Services, [email protected]

Program Website: Project Access

Location

Key West

How to Apply

Contact

Katie Norland

[email protected]

 

Updated June 2020

Florida Panhandle Technical College

Project Independence

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

Financial Aid Certifications:

  • Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) Certified
  • Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program (FPCTP) Certified

Location

Chipley

How to Apply

Contact Martha Compton for more information.

Contact

Martha Compton

[email protected]

Florida State College Jacksonville & Duval County Schools, FDDC

FDDC Project Achieve/V.E.R.T.I.C.A.L

Credential/Certification Type: Facial Specialty*, Welding, HVAC, Message Therapy*, Electrical/Construction, Auto body Collision & Repair, Heavy Duty Bus & Diesel, Childcare*, Commercial Vehicle*, Certified Nurse’s Aide*

Course work: Academically Inclusive Courses with supplemental work

Program of Study: Career Technical Education, Numerous industry PoS options.

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
  • Exited k-12 system

Financial Aid Certifications:

  • None

Program Website: Achieve/V.E.R.T.I.C.A.L

 

Location

Jacksonville

How to Apply

Contact the Project Coordinator for application materials

Contact

Denise Giarrusso
[email protected]

Indian River State College

Project STAGE

Credential/Certification Type: Information Technology Assistant Certificate,  Front Desk Specialist,  Basic Healthcare Worker Certificate,  Nurse’s Aide and Orderly, Child Care Certificate, Automotive Service Assistor Certificate, and Specialized Career Education Certificate.

Course work: Academically Specialized & Inclusive Courses  with supplemental work and Internships

Program of Study Available: Office Administration (multiple certificates), Automotive, Nursing Assistant (2 certificates), Early Childhood Education, Air Conditioning, and Specialized Career Education, Central Sterile Processing Technician, Fundamental Food Service Certificate, Specialized Career Education, Comprehensive Certificate

Program length: 1-2 years

Supports Available: Individualized accommodations and supports through Peer Mentors, Job Coach, IRSC and Project STAGE Staff

Program Outcome: Expectation of employment 

Campus Type: Commuter 

Eligibility: 

·         A person with an intellectual disability 

·         Age- 18+ 

·         Exited K-12 system 

Documentation Required: 

·         Documentation of intellectual disability  

·         Two recommendations  

·         High school transcripts 

Institutional Certifications or Approvals: FPCTP

Program Capacity: 15
Average Annual Applications:  30

Location: Fort Pierce
Apply to: Marria Partee, Project Director, [email protected]. 

Program Website: Project STAGE

Location

Fort Pierce

How to Apply

Contact Marria Partee for more information.

Contact

Marria Partee

[email protected]

 

Updated June 2020

McFatter Technical College

Grow Your Future

McFatter Technical College 

Grow Your Future

Programs of Study Available:  Professional Culinary Arts/Hospitality, AgrScience, and Automotive Collison

Credential/Certification:  Local AgScience Certification, Postsecondary Adult Vocational Certification,  ServSafe Manager , Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

Course work: Academically Specialized & Inclusive Courses (for-credit) with supplemental work and service-learning opportunity 

  • Pre-requisite course, 16 weeks
  • AgScience Service-Learning opportunity, 4 hours per week, 16 weeks
  • Professional Culinary Arts & Hospitality program, 1200 hours
  • Automotive Collision Technology Technician program, 1400 hours 

Credit Type: Credit earning

Supports Available:  Pre-requisite course, Individualized accommodations, and daily support hour 

Program length: 1-2 years 

Program Outcome: Expectation of employment 

Campus Type: Commuter 

Eligibility: 

  • Individuals with documented intellectual disability
  • Age- 18+
  • Exited K-12 system

Documentation Required: 

  • Documentation of intellectual disability 
  • High school credential 

Institutional Certifications or Approvals: FPCTP  & CTP

Program Capacity: 20 

Average Annual Applications:  25 

Program Website: n/a

 

Location: Davie, Florida 

Apply to:  Christy Bradford, 754-321-8442, [email protected] 

 

Location

Broward County, Florida (Ft Lauderdale area)

How to Apply

Contact Christy Bradford for more information.

Contact

Christy Bradford

[email protected]

 

 

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

Financial Aid Certifications:

  • None

Program Website: PALS

Location

Pensacola

How to Apply

Contact

Dondie Roper

[email protected]

Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College

Project TOPS

Programs of Study Available: 3 PoS options: Technology Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) 

Credential/Certification:  Full Career Certificate Completer, OCPs Certificate Completer 

Course work: Academically Inclusive Courses based on Florida Department of Educations’ (FDOE) Curriculum Frameworks

Credit Type: Hour earning/3 Trimesters (No opportunity for auditing)

Supports Available: Career-Focused and Certification Focused 

  • Individualized Accommodations & Supports
  • College ID, social experiences (Career Fairs, Industry Events)

Program length: 1-4 years 

Program Outcome: Internship Opportunities and expectation of employment 
Campus Type: Commuter 

Eligibility: 

  • Documentation of intellectual disability
  • Age 18-24
  • Expectation of employment upon graduation
  • Non-standard diplomas accepted
  • Client of Vocational Rehabilitation (V.R.) or willingness to be referred to V.R. 
  • Completion of career interest inventory and/or previously identified CTE area of interest 
  • Able to independently perform classroom tasks, access transportation, provide self-care, and demonstrate appropriate behaviors 
  • Interview with RMECTC counselor, instructor of CTE program and Project TOPS Director

Documentation Required: Documentation of Intellectual Disability 

Institutional Certifications or Approvals: FPCTP 

Program Capacity: 10

Average Annual Applications:15

Location: Miami 

Apply to: Vivian Vieta, [email protected] 

Program Website: n/a

 

Location

Miami

How to Apply

Contact Vivian Vieta to set up an in-person interview.

Contact

Vivian Vieta

[email protected]

 

Updated June 2020

Santa Fe College

Project SAINT

Programs of Study Available: Two year or one year pathways leading to certifications in a variety of fields

Credential/Certification:  Certificate of program completion and/or professional certifications in Early Childhood Certification, Nursing Assistant, , Safe Food Handling, First Aid/CPR, and Red Carpet Service Training, Horticulture/Agriculture, Artist Entrepreneur.

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

Credit Type: Audited, non-credit. 

Supports Available: Supportive counseling, job counseling, individualized planning and review, Mentorship, Assistive Technology, Accommodations as needed and required

Program length: 1-2 years 

Program Outcome: Certifications completed by program end and  paid employment within one year of completion.

Campus Type: Commuter 

Eligibility: 

  • Documentation of intellectual disability 
  • Age 18 – 25; others considered
  • Highly motivated with potential to benefit
  • Must complete a trial period in Adult Education program to apply

 

Documentation Required:  Documentation of ID, application, interview, committee review

Institutional Certifications or Approvals: FPCTP  

Program Capacity: 15

Average Annual Applications: 5-10

Location:  Gainesville 

Apply to: Linda Mussillo, [email protected]  

Program Website: Project Saint 

Location

Gainesville

How to Apply

Contact Project Administrator

Contact

Linda Mussillo

[email protected] 

 

Updated June 2020

 

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

Financial Aid Certifications:

  • Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) Certified

 

Program Website: Pathways School of Excellence

Location

Lakeland

How to Apply

Contact

John Taylor
[email protected]

Tallahassee Community College

Eagle Connections

Credential/Certification Type: TCC Certificate

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

Program length: 2-3 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 18+
  • Expectation of employment upon graduation
  • Non-standard diploma accepted

Financial Aid Certifications:

  • None

Program Website: Eagle Connections

Location

Tallahassee

How to Apply

Contact

Amanda Warren

[email protected]

University of Central Florida

Inclusive Education Services

Credential/Certification Type: Professional Services Certificate-Education, Hospitality, or Social Services

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

Program of Study: Professional Services: Education, Hospitality, or Social Services

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

Financial Aid Certifications:

  • Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program (FPCTP) Certified
  • Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) Certified

Program Website: Inclusive Education Services

Location

Orlando

How to Apply

Contact

Adam Meyer

[email protected]

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 of Study: Liberal Arts Transitional

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

Financial Aid Certifications:

  • None

Program Website: On Campus Transition

Location

Jacksonville

How to Apply

Contact

Bernadette Gismonde

[email protected]


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Orlando, FL 32816-3661

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