Examples of College Programs Supporting Students with Disabilities

Residential Programs

Lesley University, Threshold Program in Cambridge, Massachusetts
This is a two year residential program, for post high school students with diverse learning, intellectual, and developmental disabilities that includes academics, internships and vocational training. Participants live in dorms on campus. Optional third year students live in apartments. Support from advisor and job coach is provided to help transition into the working world.

College of Saint Rose, in Albany, New York

The College Experience is a two year residential, non-credit program combining independent living skills, internships and independence for students with Intellectual disabilities.

The Academic Opportunity Experience is designed to admit first-year students who demonstrate high potential for success yet are not admissible under general admission criteria. It provides academic support throughout their college career.

Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Maine

The EXCEL Program is an inclusive post-secondary for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Includes areas of academics, socialization, professional development, and independent living.

The EXCEL Transition Program provides individualized supports students need to become successfully acclimated to college life. For 18+ year olds with a high school diploma.

The EXCEL Undergraduate Certificate Program is a fully-inclusive postsecondary program for young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. EXCEL Certificate is a non-credit, two year certificate program.

Riverview School’s Post High School Transition Program (GROW) in Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Coeducational boarding/day school educating students aged 11-21 with complex language and learning challenges. It provides training in social, vocational, independent living skills and internships. Access to support for courses at Cape Cod Community College.

Mitchell College, Thames Program in New London, Connecticut
Thames at Mitchell College is a holistic college transition program for students with learning differences or students who would benefit from additional preparation to succeed in college—and it’s right on the campus of Mitchell College, which has been long-recognized for its innovative support for students with learning differences. This unique one year program offers a highly individualized learning environment and a strong social network that feels safe and supportive.

MA Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (MAICEI) in Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (MAICEI) provides high school students aged 18-21 with significant (typically autism or intellectual) disabilities the opportunity to have a college experience alongside their non-disabled peers.

Non Residential:

MassBay Community College – Transitional Scholars program in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts
The Transitional Scholars Program is a student-centered program designed for transition-age students (18-22 years) with documented intellectual and/or developmental disability. Admitted students take one (1) or two (2) college courses per semester with the support of coaches and have the opportunity to participate in campus activities, join clubs and organizations, and have full access to all MassBay supports and services.

Cape Cod Community College – Project Forward in West Barnstable, Maine
Project Froward is a two year program that provides vocational training for students with intellectual disabilities.

Nassau Community College ASPIRES Program in Garden City, New York
ASPIRES was developed to give support with transition and managing the college campus for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The program provides academic support, assistance in executive function skills and social relationships. The goal of this program is for each student to graduate with an associate degree, have the option to continue their education and/or be competitively employed.