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Students With Intellectual Disabilities to Get Full College Experience Under New USF St. Pete Program

TAMPA, Fla. — A new program at USF St. Petersburg will allow students with intellectual disabilities a chance to get the full college experience.


What You Need To Know

  • USF St. Pete program giving full college experience to students with intellectual disabilities
  • Students will audit classes, engage in campus life, live on campus, and build portfolio
  • Program starts in January. Applications being accepted. 
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Starting in January, about a dozen students with special needs will become USF bulls.

“Just being in inclusive classes alongside peers at that college level really bolsters education and independence for these people with intellectual disabilities that would not otherwise have had the opportunity to have that college experience,” said Danie Roberts-Dahm, director of UMatter.

We’ve seen it at other schools.

With help of peer advisers and program officials, students will audit classes, engage in campus life, live here on campus, and build a portfolio during their two and a half years participating in the UMatter program. 

“People with intellectual disabilities do have some challenges, certainly academically, but even in social areas and things, but with preparation, with time, with practice, with opportunities and experiences, they can attain those same goals and outcomes that everybody can attain,” said Roberts-Dahm.

Students will leave USF with a certificate of completion, along with a career readiness badge.

And perhaps more importantly, the confidence it takes to succeed.

USF will begin accepting applications for this coming January within the next couple of months.​

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