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Florida Atlantic University

Contact Name:

Diana Valle-Riestra

Contact #:

Boca Raton: (754)321-5100, Jupiter Campus: 561-799-8348

Program Name:

Academy for Community Inclusion

Description:

FAU Academy for Community Inclusion is a college program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The certificates students earn, are built on courses that lead to community based employment, independent living and mastery of self -advocacy skills.

Location Address:

Boca Raton Campus-777 Glades Road, Jupiter Campus-5353 Parkside Drive

Location City:

Boca Raton, Jupiter

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Federal Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary (CTP), Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program (FPCTP)

Certification:

Certificate of Completion

Area of Skill/Study:

Supported Community Employment, Supported Community Access, Supported Community Living

Eligibility:

Have a documented significant & intellectual disability, At least 18 years of age

Requirements:

High school diploma or certificate of completion, Be capable of meeting personal needs without assistance, Be able to self-administer any necessary medication, Have no behavior difficulties, Have the capability to participate in 50-90 minute classes, Navigate the campus independently

Program Length:

Average of 2 years for each certificate or 6 consectutive semesters for 1 certificate

Employment Support:

internships, Work Study

Financial Assistance:

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), Federal Student Aid, PELL Grants, Work Study Grants

Resources Available:

Shuttles available to events, Student social clubs, Peer mentors

Housing:

None

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Universities

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Florida International University

Contact Name:

Nicole Attong

Contact #:

305-348-8457

Program Name:

EMBRACE

Description:

FIU Embrace Education is a postsecondary comprehensive transition program for students with an intellectual disability. The program is a non-degree certificate program that allows students to earn digital credentials/badges and industry certifications in one to four areas.

Location Address:

11200 SW 8th Street

Location City:

Miami

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

Miami-Dade County Schools

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Certification:

Certificate of Completion

Area of Skill/Study:

Career and Employment Development, Campus & Community Engagement, Self-Determination, Independent Living, Academic Enrichment

Eligibility:

18-25 years old, Intellectual disability

Requirements:

Documented intellectual disability, High school/special diploma, Must have legal authority to make his/her own decisions, Complete psychological/adaptive testing, through FIU Embrace, No history of arrest or severe behavioral, sexual and emotional problems, Have a 3rd grade reading level or demonstrate practical reading skills at the time of the interview, Demonstrate the ability to function independently for a sustained perod of time, Requires minimal supervision, Appropriately administer prescribed medication, without requiring promting, A completed application with all required documentation included. Potential to be successful incompetitive employment

Program Length:

3 years

Employment Support:

Employment Liason, Job Shadowing

Financial Assistance:

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), Grant funding, Local School District funds

Resources Available:

Student organizations, Social mentors

Housing:

After successfully completing the first year of the program

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Universities

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Keiser University

Contact #:

888-534-7379

Program Name:

Academic Programs

Description:

Keiser University provides a hands on approach to career focused education. It is a private non-profit university that provides traditional and online delivery formats.

Location Address:

19 Campuses located in FL

Location City:

Miami, Pembroke Pines, Ft. Lauderdale, Naples, Orlando, Tampa, West Palm Beach

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges, School Commission of Colleges

Certification:

Study Program, Associates, Bachelors, Masters, Specialist, Doctoral

Area of Skill/Study:

Art & Design, Culinary Arts, Information Technology, Education, Health Care

Requirements:

Verification of high school graduation ( transcript, diploma, etc. ), Verification of GED completion ( GED scores or GED diploma ), Proof of graduation from a foreign institution comparable to a United States secondary school. The documentation should state, as determined by an appropriate licensed professional, what reasonable adjustments/accommodations are needed by the student.

Program Length:

2-4 years

Employment Support:

Resume Writing, Job Interview Preparation

Financial Assistance:

PELL Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG), Scholarships

Resources Available:

Accomodations, Student organizations

Housing:

Suite style residence halls(only at Flagship Residential Campus)

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Universities

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Lynn University

Contact #:

561-237-7000

Website:

www.lynn.edu/

Program Name:

Certificate Programs

Description:

Lynn University is a private college located in Boca Raton that offers a broad range of degrees for certifications, undergraduate and graduate students.

Location Address:

3601 N. Military Trail

Location City:

Boca Raton

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission of Colleges

Certification:

Career Certifications

Area of Skill/Study:

Flight Academy and Aviation Operations, Computer Animation, Digital Design, Early Childhood Education, Film & TV Production

Eligibility:

Students who are currently in high school and have no college credits. Students who are in high school and have dual enrollment credits. Graduated from high school and have no college credits. Graduated from high school and have fewer than 12 college credits.

Requirements:

GPA, Completed Application, Official Transcripts, Official SAT/ACT scores, Letter of recommendation, Resume, Documentation consists of official written communications from a relevant qualified treating health professional (such as a physician, surgeon, psychiatrist, physical therapist, etc.). This communication must be current and must describe the diagnosis and nature of the disability, the major life function(s) effected, the functional limitations of the disability, and the recommendations of accommodations, and the health professional's medical license number.

Program Length:

3-4 years

Financial Assistance:

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Grants, Scholarships, Loans, Federal Work Study

Resources Available:

Accomodations, Academic Coaching, Peer Learning, Transportation, Clubs & Organizations, Health & Wellness, Spiritual & Religious Life, Athletics

Housing:

Residence Hall, Off campus Housing

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Universities

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Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Access Plus Program

Contact Name:

Donnett Golaub, Access Plus Program Coordinator

Contact #:

954-262-7168

Program Name:

Access Plus

Description:

Access Plus is NSU's supported college program for undergraduate students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This program provides services to academically capable students to support academic achievement, independent living skills, and campus life engagement opportunities. Students in this program must meet the NSU's admission requirements as determined by the program of application. The fee for Access Plus is $9,000 per semester. This is in addition to Nova Southeastern University’s tuition schedule for undergraduate programs.

Location Address:

3301 College Avenue

Location City:

Ft. Lauderdale

Location State:

Florida

Affiliation:

Nova Southeastern University

Eligibility:

*Applicants must meet NSU’s admission requirements as determined by the program of application.

Requirements:

Submit the following with your application: *Current(within the past 12 months) evaluations in the areas of cognition including intelligence(ex.Wechsler Scales of Intelligence (WISC or WAIS), Stanford Binet etc.) *Evidence of academic achievement in the form of grades and standardized achievement tests; (ex. Woodcock-Johnson Achievement) *Adaptive behavior measures completed by school personnel and family members (ex. Adaptive Behavior Assessment System, Vineland etc.) *Phone interviews with high school or college personnel *School behavior intervention plans letters of support from current teachers *Letters of support from current teachers *Complete an in-person, on-campus interview. To schedule an interview, please contact Susan Kabot at (954) 262-7168.

Employment Support:

Career Planning, Job Coaching, Job Training, Experience and Mentoring in job interview techniques, appropriate dress and demeanor, Social Skill building, Coaching regarding building a resume and developing professional relationships will also be provided.

Resources Available:

*A 2-hour, daily study hall, staffed by peer mentors under the supervision of the program administrator that meets Monday through Friday. *Assistance in supporting and maintaining appropriate structure to the student's day and the supervision of assignments through completion. *Residential supports through the training of Residential Advisors assigned to the on campus living spaces of Access Plus students. *A 24-hour phone line staffed by the Access Plus program administrator to handle questions and concerns that may arise at any time. *Support in keeping dormitory rooms organized and clean, developing and maintaining schedules to ensure attendance at classes, and prompting to ensure appropriate personal hygiene. *Support to participate in and enjoy extracurricular activities thereby being involved in the overall college experience including campus clubs, organizations and social events. *Assistance in planning weekend activities on campus and in the community to ensure that these students have as typical a college experience as possible. *Weekly psycho-educational groups will be offered to students to focus on information exchange, skill building, and reflection and discussion regarding individual progress.

Housing:

yes

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Universities

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Southeastern University Postsecondary Transition Program

Contact Name:

Kelly Southmayd

Contact #:

863-667-5096

Program Name:

SEU LINK Postsecondary Transition Program

Description:

Program access is provided in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of the individual and to the maximum extent feasible. Southeastern University prohibits disability discrimination and assures equal access, including participation in all educational activities, academic programs and services.

Location Address:

1000 Longfellow Boulevard

Location City:

Lakeland

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Schools Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges

Certification:

Certificate of Program Accomplishment

Area of Skill/Study:

Education, Employment, Life Skills, Spiritual Growth

Eligibility:

18-26 years old, Intellecual disability and/or other learning difficulties

Requirements:

Student has graduated/exited high school, Communicate effectively without prompting, Functions independently without 24/7 supervision, Personal hygiene without assistance, A strong desire to successfully complete on the job training experiences in a variety of workplace environments, Behaves responsibly across variety of settings and environments without supervision or supports, Follows directions and instructions with minimal support/accommodations as needed, Comprehend and process information with minimal support/accommodations as needed, Actively engage in traditional college and SEU Link courses with minimal support/accommodations as needed, Able to use coping strategies and resilience as needed, Independent mobility

Program Length:

2 year

Employment Support:

Internships

Financial Assistance:

Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program(FPCTP) Scholarships, Grants, Federal Student Aid(FAFSA)

Resources Available:

Student organizations, Peer mentors

Housing:

On campus

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Universities

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University of Central Florida (UCF)

Contact Name:

Adam Meyer

Contact #:

407-823-4263

Program Name:

Inclusion Education Service

Description:

This is an inclusive non-degree college experience.

Location Address:

4000 Central Florida Blvd. Ferrell Commons 185

Location City:

Orlando

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges, Schools Commission of Colleges

Certification:

Professional Services Credential

Area of Skill/Study:

Hospitality, Social Services, Education

Eligibility:

18 years or older, Students with a clearly documented intellectual disability who cannot otherwise traditionally access post-secondary opportunities

Requirements:

Must have exited K-12 with a standard diploma, special diploma or certificate of completion, Personal desire to attend UCF in order to grow professionally and to secure employment after graduation. The student cannot be under full guardianship or any social guardianship

Program Length:

2.5 years

Employment Support:

Internships

Financial Assistance:

Vocational Rehabilitation, PELL Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work Student, The Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities (FCSUA), Federal Financial Aid

Resources Available:

Volunteer work, Student organizations, Accommodations, Peer Mentor, Support

Housing:

Inclusive on campus housing, Off campus Housing

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Universities

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University of North Florida

Contact Name:

Bernadette M.Gismonde

Contact #:

904-620-3890

Program Name:

The Arc Jacksonville on Campus Transition

Description:

A college experience for young adults with intellectual disabilities or differences, that provides transformational learning experiences to university students, college educators, and community leaders.

Location Address:

1 UNF Drive -Building 57, Room 2800

Location City:

Jacksonville

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges, School Commission of Colleges

Certification:

Certificate of Program Completion

Area of Skill/Study:

Creative Writing, Math, Culinary, Daily life skills, Socioemotional Development

Eligibility:

At least 18 years old, Have an intellectual disability, Have completed high school coursework, Students who received a standard diploma must provide additional documentation that they received ESE services due to having an intellectual disability

Requirements:

Have a desire to receive transition services in a college setting, Have exhibited a need and a desire for greater independence, Be able to travel independently while on the college campus, Have had two paid or unpaid community work experiences, Have exhibited socially adaptive and responsible behavior when left unsupervised, Be able to communicate with others Have satisfactory school attendance from previous schools, Have a health insurance plan, Must consent to being photographed, filmed, interviewed, and/or quoted in media and publications, Have own cell phone before entering the program (this is not provided by OCT), Consent to participate in OCT longitudinal studies

Program Length:

2-4 years

Employment Support:

Career Development & Exploration, Job Coaches, Job retention training and support, Internships

Financial Assistance:

McKay Scholarship, Gardiner Scholarship, Vocational Rehabilitation(VR), Grants

Resources Available:

Social mentoring, Peer & small group tutoring, Academic mentors, Personal fitness training, Voice lessons

Housing:

On campus housing, Off campus Housing

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Universities

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University of North Florida

Contact Name:

Tara Rowe

Contact #:

(904) 620-2769

Program Name:

THRIVE

Description:

The THRIVE program is unique to UNF and provides supplemental resources for degree-seeking students with ASD at the UNF.

Location Address:

Tom and Betty Petway Hall(Building 57), Room 1500 1 UNF Drive

Location City:

Jacksonville

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges, School Commission of Colleges

Certification:

N/A

Area of Skill/Study:

Creative Writing, Math, culinary, Sports, Daily Life Skills, Socioemotional Development

Eligibility:

At least 18 years old, Have an intellectual disability, Have completed high school coursework, Students who received a standard diploma must provide additional documentation that they received ESE services due to having an intellectual disability

Requirements:

Have a desire to receive transition services in a college setting, Have exhibited a need and a desire for greater independence, Be able to travel independently while on the college campus, Have had two paid or unpaid community work experiences, Have exhibited socially adaptive and responsible behavior when left unsupervised, Be able to communicate with others Have satisfactory school attendance from previous schools, Have a health insurance plan, Must consent to being photographed, filmed, interviewed, and/or quoted in media and publications, Have own cell phone before entering the program (this is not provided by OCT), Consent to participate in OCT longitudinal studies

Program Length:

2-4 years

Employment Support:

Career Development & Exploration, Job Coaches, Job retention training and support, Internships

Financial Assistance:

McKay Scholarship, Gardiner Scholarship, Vocational Rehabilitation(VR), Grants

Resources Available:

Social mentoring, Peer & small group tutoring, Academic mentors, Personal fitness training, Voice lessons

Housing:

On campus housing, Off campus Housing

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Universities

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University of South Florida (USF)

Contact Name:

Megan Fitzpatrick

Contact #:

813-974-2996

Program Name:

The Learning Academy Services at USF

Description:

The Learning Academy at the University of South Florida is a 30 - week customized transition program that assists in preparing young adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder for employment

Location Address:

13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. MHC 2113A

Location City:

Tampa

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges, School Commission of Colleges

Certification:

Certificate of completion

Area of Skill/Study:

Employability Skills

Eligibility:

Graduated from High School

Requirements:

Has transportation to and from the college campus, Has a functional communication system, Has a clear desire to workor attend college and can commit to completing a 30 week program, Has demonstrated the ability to regulate his/her behavior with minimal directions within public settings

Program Length:

30 weeks

Employment Support:

Interviewing Skills, Resume Development, Finding Employment

Financial Assistance:

FAFSA, Grants, Scholarships, Loans, Federal Work Study

Resources Available:

Peer Mentoring, Social Activities, Complimentary Shuttle Buses

Housing:

Residence Hall, Campus Apartment Housing, Off Campus Housing

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Universities

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University of south Florida (USF)

Contact Name:

Tchecoy Blount, Sr.

Contact #:

813-974-3632

Program Name:

Successful Transition After Graduation for Exceptional Students (STAGES)

Description:

This program provides experiences on a college campus that will enable each student to explore career options, learn job skills, utilize public transportation and ultimately obtain employment as a self-advocating independent community member.

Location Address:

4202 E. Fowler Avenue

Location City:

Tampa

Location State:

FL

Affiliation:

N/A

Accreditation:

Southern Association of Colleges, School Commission of Colleges

Certification:

Study Program

Area of Skill/Study:

Employability skills, Life Skills, Self-Advocacy Skills

Eligibility:

18-21 years old

Requirements:

Graduated from hig school through access points, Be able to safely navigate around the campus independently

Program Length:

2 years

Employment Support:

Internships, Job training

Financial Assistance:

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

Resources Available:

Volunteer work, Student organizations, Best Buddies

Housing:

None

Group:

Post Secondary Education, Universities

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