Misericordia University announces a new, inclusive, post-secondary certificate program designed specifically for students with moderate Autism, with or without co-morbid disorders, and Intellectual Disability.
Integrated Studies, the certificate program, is specifically designed for students between the ages of 18-26 and provides career development and social participation within an inclusive academic setting. Students enrolled in the program will have access to institutional facilities, consistent with other students, supporting their goals.
The 2-year program was created with support from the Pennsylvania Inclusive Higher Education Consortium and is based on "Think College" standards. Prospective students can choose from various available pathways, including liberal arts, early childhood education, and vocational/employment opportunity exploration. Enrolled students are considered full-time, non-degree seeking students.
"The Integrated Studies program provides an opportunity for those who seek knowledge and personal growth without the confines of a restricted education. Prospective students who may not be able to follow a traditional track in higher education will be able to experience inclusion and diversity while developing the needed skills to fulfill their personal goals and possible independent living", said Dr. Barbara Schwartz-Bechet, Dean, College of Health Sciences and Education.
Misericordia will be accepting two to six students for both the Spring and Fall 2021 semesters, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Financial aid is available and additional scholarships through Ruby's Rainbow, O'Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund, and other local, community-based organizations.