Inclusive Education Services: College IS an Opportunity for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
Inclusive Education Services (IES) at the University of Central Florida offers students with intellectual disabilities an inclusive, comprehensive non-degree seeking academic experience with a vocational focus. IES is designed to be three years in length with some flexibility based on student goals and accomplishments but not to exceed four years. Students who have graduated from and or completed the K-12 education system are eligible for participation.
All courses offered are part of the UCF regular course offerings and are open to all UCF students. As true participants in campus life, students connected with IES have the opportunity to be a part of the UCF Knight experience- academically and socially. Whenever possible, natural supports through Resource Facilitators, whole-class peer mentors, and classroom accommodations are used, changing the college culture to one of inclusiveness where diversity is valued. Independent living skills and self-advocacy are also naturally supported to enrich each student’s experience and improve individual achievement.
Of the nearly 65,000 UCF students, 17 are connected with Inclusive Education Services. Of the 17 students, 15 live on campus in the Neptune Community. Some of the courses students are currently enrolled in include Strategies for Success in College, World Religions, Astronomy, Sociology, Computer Fundamentals for Business, Career Planning, and Acting for Non-Majors. Students are also working at All Knight Study (study lab), the Recreation and Wellness Center, the Bug Closet, and the Student Union.
News & Announcements
Student Development and Enrollment Services (SDES) announced the merger between Student Accessibility Services (SAS) and Inclusive Education Services (IES) on November 20, 2015. The new office will strengthen our ability to provide support services and academic accommodations to students with disabilities and promote awareness of disability issues. Dr. Adam Meyer has been promoted to executive director and will lead the new office.
Dr. Meyer has served as director of SAS since June 2013 and interim director of IES since July, 2015. In partnership with the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, Florida International University and Florida State College of Jacksonville, Dr. Meyer helped secure a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish the Florida Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education to create and expand high-quality transition and postsecondary programs for students. UCF is the lead institution for the consortium. During his tenure, students accessing SAS has increased by 51%. IES, which was successfully launched this fall, will increase enrollment to 10 students in spring 2016.
Rethinking College is a 25 minute documentary produced by Think College that explores the growing movement to include students with intellectual disabilities in higher education.