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Higher Education

High School Diploma/Equivalent

Greece Community Education

Greece Community Education, a self-sustaining division of the Greece Central School District, is one of the largest programs of its kind in New York State. The department has four components: Adult Literacy, Community Programs, EduCare (Before and Afterschool program), and Workforce Development. https://greece.augusoft.net/

Transition to Work

Project Search

Project Search is a high school transition program is for 18-21 year olds with intellectual and developmental disabilities that provides training and education leading to competitive employment. It serves as an alternative for students in their last year of high school. The Project SEARCH partnership involves a large business, a school district, a not-for-profit agency that provides employment supports for people with disabilities, state vocational rehabilitation services, and state offices for people with developmental disabilities. For more information, visit: https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/strong-center-developmental-disabilities/programs/project-search.aspx

College Opportunities

Center for Disability and Education

The Center for Disability and Education provides high quality information to people navigating the world of disability.  The Center provides expertise, guidance, and linkage to community members, students, families, school districts, non-profit agencies, and higher education institutions.

https://www.rochester.edu/warner/cde/

ThinkCollege.net

ThinkCollege is a federally-funded coordinating center at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, brings together opportunities from across the country in one searchable website. Today, there are some 265 work-readiness college programs for students with intellectual disabilities - a big leap from 2004, when there were just 25. To learn more, visit: https://thinkcollege.net/

GiGi's and Roberts Co-hosting First Local Inclusive Higher Ed College Fair November 18th for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

GiGi's Playhouse and Roberts Wesleyan College will co-host Rochester’s first ever Inclusive Higher Ed College Fair for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

"We are so pleased to host this fair and to provide an opportunity for students with IDD who are considering post-secondary options to learn more about the many programs that local colleges offer," said GiGi's Playhouse Rochester President, Jennifer Bustamante.

"In our efforts to continue to promote inclusive higher ed, we want to offer students with IDD the same opportunity that their peers have to attend a college fair and gather information about what is possible for their future," said Kimberley Wiedefeld, a GiGi's Playhouse volunteer, parent of a student with IDD and Vice President of Enrollment Management at Roberts Wesleyan College.

The Fair will be held Monday, November 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Gigi’s Playhouse, 372 N. Goodman St. in Rochester. There is no charge to attend and no advance registration is required.

Representatives from more than five inclusive higher ed schools offering programs for students with IDD will be in attendance including Roberts Wesleyan College, Keuka College, Monroe Community College, Nazareth College, and University of Rochester.

About GiGi's Playhouse Rochester

GiGi’s Playhouse Rochester is a non-profit organization that serves people with Down syndrome from prenatal diagnosis to adulthood focusing on achievement, belief and confidence. Open since April, 2017, it is part of GiGi's Playhouse network of 46 Down Syndrome Achievement Centers across the United States and Mexico, the only network of its kind that provides free, life changing therapeutic, educational and career training programs for 30,000+ individuals of all ages.

Through free programs and the Generation G Campaign for global acceptance, GiGi’s helps maximize opportunities for daily achievement and lasting acceptance. The program helps advance a vital social impact goal by showing the world what individuals with Down syndrome are capable of achieving as students, co-workers, volunteers, friends, and valued members of their communities.

For more information about free programs, volunteerism, impact partnerships, events, and the many ways to support GiGi's Playhouse Rochester families visit: gigisplayhouse.org/rochester.

 

Contact Alison Diehl @ email or call 276-7925 to add your services to this list, make changes or suggestions.