Until recently, people with developmental disabilities did not have many education options after they left high school. But now across the country, parents, teachers, disability advocates and students themselves have begun to find ways to make college a real option.
People with developmental disabilities want to go to college for the same reasons all young people want to go to college. A college experience is beneficial for anyone who wants to learn, meet people, and prepare for a job and make money. Going to college makes a real difference in the eyes of future employers as well as other people in the community.
To find out more about college opportunities for people with disabilities, visit http://www.thinkcollege.net
January 2014 Update >>> Think College Awarded New Grant from U.S. Department of Education
The ICI's Think College team and their partners have won a $2.375m grant from the U.S. Department of Education! Learn more about their project, which focuses on access to higher education for young people with intellectual disabilities and autism.
STRIVE U provides post-secondary education and training to young adults with developmental disabilities in the realms of residential, employment, and community skills with the goal of enabling its graduates to live and work as full community members with maximum independence, productivity, and dignity.
STRIVE U is a comprehensive program aimed at teaching its students necessary skills to live independently in the community. STRIVE U is founded on four main program areas- Community Living-Living in an apartment with a roommate, Employment- learning valuable job skills through paid work experiences, Post-Secondary Education- Through a certificate program with USM, and finally Transition- assuring the transition from STRIVE U into the community is successful and meaningful.
If you would like more information on STRIVE U and/or would like to schedule a campus tour, please contact Erin Berg at (207) 774-6278 ext. 210 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.