UC Davis program accepting applications for students with intellectual disabilities

Advertisement

UC Davis program accepting applications for students with intellectual disabilities

UC Davis is now accepting applications for a new college program serving students with diagnosed intellectual disabilities or has neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism, fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome or a traumatic brain injury.Leer en españolThe MIND Institute and UC Davis Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are running the Redwood Supported Education to Elevate Diversity (SEED) program, which will be made up of 12 students between the ages of 18 to 23. Scholars will be living on campus, taking college classes and even pursuing internships and jobs.Dr. Leonard Abbeduto, who’s the director of the MIND Institute at UC Davis, says the program is important to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. “When we don’t provide people an opportunity to earn a living wage, we deny them an opportunity to contribute to the income taxes, to participate in society fully, and oftentimes for people with intellectual disabilities, it falls on their families to help them with their lives,” Abbeduto said.This is a first-of-its-kind program in California, and Dr. Abbeduto is hopeful that this is only the beginning of positive change.”Only less than 10% of people that have an intellectual disability in the U.S. earn a living wage. The rest live in poverty,” he said.Beth Foraker, co-director of the SEED program says that when this group is socially isolated, “All of their talents, gifts, expertise — It’s all kind of hidden away and we all lose as a society.”Beth is the mother to 21-year-old Patrick Foraker, who attends a similar program online in Virginia.Currently, Patrick is two years into the program.”I’m looking forward to getting a job, having my own house and I want to get a job,” he said, adding that he hopes to become a drama teacher once he’s done with the program.Scholars won’t receive a degree; however, they will leave with credentials from the university.Applications are due on June 4. The selection process begins soon after, which includes an online application and interview. They will need to provide their most recent individualized education program (IEP), and other educational documents, and have two recommendations. The 12 selected candidates will be notified in July.For specific questions about the application process, email HS-RedwoodSeed@ucdavis.edu or call 916-703-0269.

UC Davis is now accepting applications for a new college program serving students with diagnosed intellectual disabilities or has neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism, fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome or a traumatic brain injury.

Advertisement

The MIND Institute and UC Davis Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are running the Redwood Supported Education to Elevate Diversity (SEED) program, which will be made up of 12 students between the ages of 18 to 23. Scholars will be living on campus, taking college classes and even pursuing internships and jobs.

Dr. Leonard Abbeduto, who’s the director of the MIND Institute at UC Davis, says the program is important to promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

“When we don’t provide people an opportunity to earn a living wage, we deny them an opportunity to contribute to the income taxes, to participate in society fully, and oftentimes for people with intellectual disabilities, it falls on their families to help them with their lives,” Abbeduto said.

This is a first-of-its-kind program in California, and Dr. Abbeduto is hopeful that this is only the beginning of positive change.

“Only less than 10% of people that have an intellectual disability in the U.S. earn a living wage. The rest live in poverty,” he said.

Beth Foraker, co-director of the SEED program says that when this group is socially isolated, “All of their talents, gifts, expertise — It’s all kind of hidden away and we all lose as a society.”

Beth is the mother to 21-year-old Patrick Foraker, who attends a similar program online in Virginia.

Currently, Patrick is two years into the program.

“I’m looking forward to getting a job, having my own house and I want to get a job,” he said, adding that he hopes to become a drama teacher once he’s done with the program.

Scholars won’t receive a degree; however, they will leave with credentials from the university.

Applications are due on June 4. The selection process begins soon after, which includes an online application and interview. They will need to provide their most recent individualized education program (IEP), and other educational documents, and have two recommendations. The 12 selected candidates will be notified in July.

For specific questions about the application process, email HS-RedwoodSeed@ucdavis.edu or call 916-703-0269.

Contributed by local news sources

Next Post

1 person killed in Soledad shooting, 3 people arrested: MCSO

ACTION NEWS EIGHT REPORTER ARIANA JASO HAS DETAILS ABOUT THE ONGOING INVESTIGATION. ## GOOD MORNING.. DETECTIVES HERE AT T HE SHEFIFF’S OFFICE ARE STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE MOTIVE FOR TS HI SHOOTING… OR EVEN HOW IT ALL MAY HAVE PLAYED OUT. John Thornburg// Monterey County Sheriff Chief Deputy […]