OUR MISSION + THE PROGRAM
To bring four-year degree or certificate, fully integrated, post-secondary education programs for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities to Oklahoma.
We are committed to starting a Pilot Program at a regional university in Oklahoma to begin Fall 2018. The program will be modeled after programs with the most successful outcomes in the nation.
A critical component of the comprehensive, individualized program is the integration of the students into all aspects of campus life, focusing on four pillars:
Students will live in on-campus housing integrated with other students, with peer mentors as a roommate or close by.
Students will participate in campus activities and be engaged in a physical fitness routine with a peer mentor, improving skills in social interaction and navigating social situations.
Students will have the opportunity to take traditional university classes in their chosen career path, with appropriate supports, in addition to specialized classes relating to topics such as personal finance and career planning. Tutors will be available for academic assistance.
The students will be assigned to paid and unpaid internships throughout their four years, charting a path to meaningful employment in a career of choice!
LeadLearnLive’s program model is patterned after the nationally-recognized REACH program at the College of Charleston, which has some of the highest success statistics in the nation. Additionally, approval as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) which ensures programs meet quality standards, will provide the opportunity for the students to receive federal financial aid.
The successful outcomes these programs provide not only change the lives of the students, but also their families, and indeed impact the state by adding diverse individuals who live and work in our communities.
Upon completion of the four-year program, these students receive much more than a degree or certificate. The new graduates will have life, social, and career skills that can lead them to success of the most important kind – LIFE SUCCESS.
You can help!
You can help students like Jacob, Sarah and Elijah and hundreds of other Oklahoma students with intellectual and developmental disabilities gain freedom and independence…and live fulfilling lives.