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Becoming a member of the Pennsylvania Inclusive Higher Education Consortium offers the following benefits:
- Voice in developing authentically INCLUSIVE Postsecondary Education in Pennsylvania
- Biweekly Consortium Newsletter
- Participation in Consortium events
- Sponsorship of On-site Community Symposiums
- Listed on the Membership page (www.PIHEC.com)
- Learn how to access funding
- Online resources
- Assistance in following ThinkCollege Standards
- Coordinate data collection for ThinkCollege
- Program review by Consortium members
- Gain knowledge of SRV theory and the Culturally Valued Analogue as it applies to your campus
Members of the Consortium
Career, Independent Living & Learning Studies (CILLS) is a program sponsored by East Stroudsburg University that is designed to provide individuals with intellectual disabilities with a learning experience in a campus environment where life and work skills are accelerated by daily encouragement in the life of a university. The program includes living off campus and acquiring proficiency to function among others without disabilities on campus. In addition, the program provides personal development activities combined with classes designed to develop essential skills for independent living and future employment. This program is a non-degree certificate program that will operate on a three-year cycle. The program participants are involved in learning experiences designed to meet specific individual needs, traditional opportunities of interest that are available to all students at the university, university classes and an internship that will provide them with practical work and community experiences. In essence, the program activities include personal development situations combined with opportunities to develop essential skills for independent living and future employment. The CILLS program promotes self-advocacy and utilizes mentors and peer supports to accommodate the different learning abilities of participates in all learning domains.
Penn State Harrisburg has developed an inclusive Postsecondary Education (PSE) program. Students with Intellectual Disabilities enroll in academic courses with non-disabled peers and are full members of the campus community, and also participate in a Continuing Education Customer Relations course. The students receive social and academic support from Peer Mentors, who are currently enrolled full-time students at Penn State Harrisburg. Under partnerships with employers in the region, students visit job sites with a job coach to observe work and explore various careers with the opportunity for work experience and apprenticeships. The top three priority areas for this program are employment, self-determination, and college course access.
Integrated Studies at Millersville University is an inclusive four-semester Postsecondary initiative where individuals with an intellectual disability can obtain a high-quality, individualized education that will lead to social and professional networks, careers and a bright future. This inclusive initiative is intended to strengthen our academic community and the broader community as well. Prospective Integrated Studies students will engage in meaningful foundational experiences that will enhance their personal growth socially, academically and vocationally.
Leadership and Career Studies is a four-year program in the College of Education for adults with Intellectual Disabilities at Temple University which provides an authentic college experience developing academic abilities, career aspirations, and independence on the vibrant, urban campus at Temple University. Students of Leadership & Career Studies is administered by the Institute on Disabilities, Pennsylvania’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities that is part of the College of Education at Temple University. Students of Leadership & Career Studies are fully integrated into the fabric of campus life as Temple University students. Students enroll in undergraduate and continuing education courses while developing employment skills and exploring career options. Students participate in the wide variety of student activities, cultural events, club sports and student organizations available to all Temple students. Prior to students beginning their experience at Temple University, an individual academic plan is developed with each student. This plan details the student’s goals and objectives in the areas of Academics, Career Development, Independent Living and Social Connections. Each Leadership & Career Studies student is matched with a Temple student mentor. The mentors support students in accessing the university’s rich resources. Current Temple students in good standing are recruited, hired, trained, and supervised by Leadership and Career Studies staff at the Institute on Disabilities to serve as effective and supportive mentors. Mentors support students as they participate in academic, recreational, and social activities. Tutors work with students to support them in their coursework. Students participate in a variety of employment experiences based on their preferences and develop skills necessary for employment in their preferred field. All of these vocational opportunities are geared to support each student in obtaining competitive integrated employment consistent with the individual student’s desired employment goals. Graduates leave the program with an electronic portfolio, resume, and the skills and resources to find competitive integrative employment. Upon completion of the four-year
Students enrolled in the Oasis Program can choose a one or two year option as well as to live on campus or commute while they participate in coursework alongside peers with similar vocational interest at Mercyhurst University's North East campus. Currently, the program offers four different proficiency-based certificate areas: Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management, Business Administration and Early Childhood Education. Students are supported by program staff, peer mentors, and a wide variety of academic success offering on the inclusive campus. Following an academic year of courses, students complete an internship in their area of study. The top three (3) priority areas for this program are employment, self-determination, and college course access.
The Raising Expectations for Academic Learning or REAL Certificate offers students with disabilities the opportunity to participate in the same learning environments available to same-age peers in an
The Success, Engagement, Education, Determination (SEED) program provides comprehensive "direct" services for students with intellectual, neurological, physical, mental, and related disabilities interested in a college experience to master skills in transition, academic, and/or career areas. Instruction is provided in independent living, socialization, and soft skills. Through partnerships with Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living, Lehigh Carbon School Systems, and LCCC faculty/staff; mentoring, coaching, work experiences, education, and training are provided to meet their adult-related goals and maximize their employment potential.
- Comprehensive Transition Programs
- Culturally Valued Analogue