UCF Welcomes First Class of Students in Fall 2015
More than 63,000 students enrolled at UCF in the fall 2015 semester, the most in the school’s 52-year history. Among them were six students with intellectual disabilities who became the founding class of the new Inclusive Education Services. This is a milestone achievement for UCF, which continues to pursue the lofty goal to offer the best undergraduate education in Florida by becoming more inclusive and diverse. (See the five visionary goals that guide UCF).
The new class of students are fully immersed in a comprehensive postsecondary educational experience. Along with taking two college level courses, they are living in on campus housing and participating in work study opportunities. They also have full access to all student resources, clubs and activities available to all students at UCF.
News & Announcements
UCF will also be hosting an Open House information session about its college experience for students with intellectual disabilities via Inclusive Education Services. This event is open to the public for prospective students and parents as well as interested community members. Learn about the components of the UCF experience for students with intellectual disabilities (academic, social, campus-living, tuition, the next admission cycle, etc.) and hear from current students and their parents of their experiences thus far. Event information is as follows:
Date: Tuesday, 11/15
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: UCF Live Oak Ballroom (http://map.ucf.edu/locations/7ab/live-oak-ballroomgarden-room-fc-a/)
Parking: Garage B (located next to Live Oak Ballroom and across the street from the Recreation and Wellness Center) -- http://map.ucf.edu/locations/89/parking-garage-b-pg-b/
Please RSVP by contacting email@example.com and include your name, prospective student (if applicable) and number of people in your group who will attend. We will send any event updates approximately one week prior.
Prospective students with intellectual disabilities and their families are invited to attend an informational meeting. Meet IES staff and Resource Facilitators, ask questions, and discover how IES creates an innovative and distinctive post-secondary educational experience for students with intellectual disabilities.
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.