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Hope for The Future: Institute for InclusiveU Program at Syracuse University

FutureNote: Here's a terrific article about the InclusiveU program at Syracuse University.  What a great concept and alternative to standard day programming for the developmentally disabled.  So many of us are going to have to craft a life for our kids - the prospect is daunting and even overwhelming. Some of us are already past the point of school for our kids.  Check out this article.

My first question is for them is "Do you accept consumers with autism and its behaviors."  If they answer "Yes! We have a behavioral team on staff," I'll be delighted.

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Developmentally Disabled, and Going to College

Half a dozen students, some in Syracuse University T-shirts, sat around a conference table joking about appropriate job interview outfits. No bathing suits, pajamas or Halloween costumes. Added their instructor, not joking: “No tank tops.”

Then Brianna Shults, leading the workshop with a kindhearted but no-nonsense approach, launched into the Q. and A. section. “So if I identify my interview outfit, should I wear it to bed the night before so I’m all dressed and ready?”

“No!” the group responded in unison.

“And before you put your clothes on, what’s the most important step?”

“Shower!” a few called out.

Ms. Shults, an internship and employment coordinator, closed the conversation with a sartorial tip that experience has taught her needs mentioning: “No dirty clothes!”

Why not? Meghan Muscatello piped in: “Because then you’d be smelly.” The room erupted in laughter. “And if you have a cat or a dog, make sure you leave it hanging so they don’t get it all hairy.”



This might sound like a typical lesson in the age of anything-goes office wear, but these millennials aren’t so typical. Ms. Muscatello and her peers belong to a pioneering group of students with significant intellectual disabilities who are enrolled in Syracuse’s InclusiveU.

The students — about 60 are expected this fall — have various degrees of disability, often with related developmental disorders. One communicates through a picture board and an iPad; a helper supports her arm as she taps out words. Another, a movie buff who wrote a play for his theater class, has Asperger’s syndrome. A sports enthusiast who interned this past spring with the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team has Down syndrome...


Grace Green

Is university the best place to learn life skills? When I was at uni. 45 years ago the brightest and most creative students forgot to shower and dried their socks in the oven. And other things I couldn't possibly mention on AofA. I keep saying on here, the best place for moderately autistic people is a Camphill-style community. I think Polly Tommey is currently trying to get something of this nature off the ground in the USA. Please forget about these university courses unless you really have the ability. They're just after your money.


Who cares if they accept those with autism or not that have behavior problems their programs will not help. This whole college inclusion bit is a fraud. Low success rate and employment rates I almost was let in one of these think college programs called College 2 Career at Long Beach City College and through Harbor Regional Center ( local developmental disabilities services organization. I heard horror stories about violent drug addicted clients, fired staff, low employment rates upon completion and so much more. these programs are feel good social justice things not valid vocational training for the DD. Many do not realize that the moderate to severe are not going to be able to work at all. These programs are a waste of time and money even more than vocational rehabilitation ( with its cross disability scope and low success rates itself. If your child had an has an IQ below maybe 60 they cannot work period the give up and let a good quality day program help them with behavior trained staff.

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