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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 & Dade Public Schools
FIU Embrace LIFE
18-21

Miami

Not Available 1-4 Years
Florida International University (FIU)
FIU Embrace PLUS
Ages 22-26

Miami

Available May-July Only 2 years
Florida Keys Community College
Project ACCESS
All ages

Key West

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

Chipley

No 3-4years
Indian River State College
Project STAGE
18+

Fort Pierce

No 2 years
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
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 & 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
USF St. Petersburg
STING RAY

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: 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

Financial Aid Certifications:

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

Program Website: Academy for Community Inclusion

Location

Jupiter

How to Apply

Complete application online by clicking here.

Contact

Dr. Mary Louise Duffy

[email protected]

 

Florida International University & Dade Public Schools

FIU Embrace LIFE

Credential/Certification Type: FIU EMBRACE Certificate of Completion

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

Program of Study: Health & Wellness, Hospitality, and Computer/Technology

Program length: Minimum of 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
  • Ages 18-21
  • Expectation of employment upon graduation
  • Non-standard diploma accepted

Financial Aid Certifications:

  • None

Program Website: Embrace LIFE

Location

Miami

How to Apply

Email [email protected] to inquire about application procedures.

Contact

Nicole Attong

[email protected]

Florida International University (FIU)

FIU Embrace PLUS

Credential/Certification Type: FIU EMBRACE Certificate of Completion

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

Program of Study: Health & Wellness, Hospitality, and Computer/Technology

Program length: 2 years

Housing: Residential Available

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

Advising: 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

Financial Aid Certifications:

  • None

Program Website: Embrace PLUS

Location

Miami

How to Apply

Email [email protected] to inquire about application procedures.

Contact

Nicole Attong

[email protected]

Florida Keys Community College

Project ACCESS

Credential/Certification Type: Multiple Certification options available after the initial Customer Service and Sales Certificate

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

Program of Study: Requisite first year-Customer Service, Additional PoS upon completion, Supported through the Student Success Services Office

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

Financial Aid Certifications:

  • Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program (FPCTP) Certified

Program Website: Project ACCESS

Location

Key West

How to Apply

Contact

Katie Norland

 

[email protected]

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]

Indian River State College

Project STAGE

Credential/Certification Type: OCP A: Information Technology Assistant Certificate

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

Program of Study: Office Skills Training I and II

Program length: 2 years

Housing: No

Employment: Internships

Required

  • Documentation of intellectual disability
  • Age- 18+
  • Two recommendations
  • Exited K-12 system
  • High school transcripts

Program Website: n/a

Location

Fort Pierce

How to Apply

Contact Marria Partee for more information.

Contact

Marria Partee

[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 Specialized & Inclusive Courses (audit) 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]

McFatter Technical College

Grow Your Future

Credential/Certification Type: Industry certifications and technical college certifications in multiple career pathways

Course work: Inclusive

Program of Study: Professional Culinary Arts/ Hospitality and Agri-Science

Housing: Not availableProgram length: Varies depending on technical program/certification student is enrolled in.

Employment: Work experiences are offered to students upon successful completion of their technical program

Advising:

  • All accommodations and activities are available to students.

Required:

  • Documentation of intellectual and developmental disability
  • Exit from K-12 system

Financial Aid Certifications:

  • Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program (FPCTP) Certified

Program Website: Currently being developed

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

Credential/Certification Type: Full Program Completer, OCPS Program Completer

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

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

Program length: 1-4 years

Housing: Not 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 18-22
  • Expectation of employment upon graduation
  • Non-standard diplomas accepted

Financial Aid Certifications:

  • Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program (FPCTP) Certified

Program Website: Project TOPS

Location

Miami

Contact

Dr. Vivian Vieta

[email protected]

Location

Miami

How to Apply

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

Contact

Vivian Vieta

[email protected]

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

Financial Aid Certifications:

  • Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program (FPCTP) Certified

Program Website: Project Saint

Program brochure HERE

Location

Gainesville

How to Apply

Contact Project Administrator

Contact

Linda Mussillo

[email protected] 

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 & 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

Financial Aid Certifications:

  • None

Program Website: EAGLE Connections

Location

Tallahassee

How to Apply

Contact

Emily Rattini

[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

 

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]

USF St. Petersburg

STING RAY

We regret to inform you that the STING RAY Program at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg has been closed by the University and is not expected to reopen in the foreseeable future.

Location

How to Apply

Contact


University of Central Florida

4000 Central Florida Blvd.
Ferrell Commons, 7C, Room 155
Orlando, FL 32816-3661

Call 407-823-1098 or Contact Us

 

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