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
Please visit this site and review the Applying tab in October for more information. Important updates to the IES program structure will also be posted on the IES website over the summer as IES prepares to launch a new program credential.
Inclusive Education Services is offering the following information sessions for prospective students and families who want to learn more about this college experience at UCF! K – 12 educators are also welcomed. All sessions will be from 3:00 – 5:00pm at UCF Student Accessibility Services on the following dates. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP, which is required due to limited space. Specific parking and location details will be sent approximately one week prior to each session. The session dates for 2017 are on:
2018 Information Sessions
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.