New Missouri University Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

The University of Missouri-Saint Louis has developed a two year residential post-secondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities.

News for St. Louis-NPR takes a look at the program which began this school year.

This past fall, a new educational program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities began at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The program, called SUCCEED, is a two-year residential program designed to help students build the skills needed to either find a job or enroll in a degree-seeking program.

The program is the brainchild of Deborah Baldini, the associate dean  for the College of Arts and Sciences/Continuing Education at UMSL, and the president and CEO of St. Louis Arc, Kathy Meath.

“What we had envisioned was a program that would take advantage of the way college and the college experience helps any student. And that is – you learn not just content knowledge from your classes that prepare you for a degree, and later a job, but you learn to interact with a broad spectrum of people, you are exposed to different ideas, you learn to live independently from your family – you have to, for example, learn how to do laundry,” Baldini said.

With that goal in mind, students in the SUCCEED program live on campus in residential housing. St. Louis Arc provided training on intellectual and developmental disabilities for residential life staff and campus security.

Read more and listen to the discussion here.

Read more about the SUCCEED program here.

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