College Experience for 30 Students w/Disabilities

by Living Resources Corp
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College Experience for 30 Students w/Disabilities
College Experience for 30 Students w/Disabilities
College Experience for 30 Students w/Disabilities
College Experience for 30 Students w/Disabilities
College Experience for 30 Students w/Disabilities
College Experience for 30 Students w/Disabilities
College Experience for 30 Students w/Disabilities
College Experience for 30 Students w/Disabilities
College Experience for 30 Students w/Disabilities
College Experience for 30 Students w/Disabilities
College Experience for 30 Students w/Disabilities
College Experience for 30 Students w/Disabilities
College Experience for 30 Students w/Disabilities
College Experience for 30 Students w/Disabilities
College Experience for 30 Students w/Disabilities
College Experience for 30 Students w/Disabilities
College Experience for 30 Students w/Disabilities
College Experience for 30 Students w/Disabilities
College Experience for 30 Students w/Disabilities
First Day Barbecue
First Day Barbecue

“We’re college students now, guys – it’s official!” Reed, pictured left, exclaimed as College Experience staff snapped photos of first-day memories. On August 14th, twenty-two new students moved into their dormitories at The College Experience program. The air was a-buzz with excitement as students and their families unpacked, met their new housemates and classmates, and prepared for freshmen orientation.

Going away to college has become a rite-of-passage for many young adults, but it is a particularly special experience for students with disabilities. Out of the United States’ more than 4,700 degree-granting institutions, only 263 offer programs for students with intellectual disabilities. Additionally, many of the programs for students with intellectual disabilities that do exist offer only academic programing during the day, rather than a comprehensive college experience.

We are thrilled to provide our students with the opportunity to independently live and learn on a college campus – and to truly identify themselves as real college students!

The first two weeks of orientation were filled with lots of laughs and new experiences. Our staff and students fondly refer to the orientation weeks as “Boot Camp.” It’s a time for our students to focus intensively on learning basic independent living skills, such as how to navigate their new community, grocery shop and do laundry. During orientation, students are also encouraged to socialize and form relationships with their peers during activities such as bowling and baseball games.

Over their next two years in the program, the new students will experience tremendous growth as they learn to navigate new terrain, participate in a rigorous academic program, and immerse themselves in college life. Ultimately, their two years as College Experience students will culminate in the knowledge and skills necessary to lead a fulfilling, independent life.

 It’s official: the new College Experience students have begun their journey! 

Welcoming the Class of 2019!
Welcoming the Class of 2019!
Student Proudly Shows His Acceptance Letter
Student Proudly Shows His Acceptance Letter

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Congratulations, Class of 2017!
Congratulations, Class of 2017!

Greetings to our supporters and donors! 

Thank you for making our programming possible - each and every donation has truly made a difference! 

We are excited to report that The College Experience is growing by leaps and bounds. In August, we will welcome our largest incoming class to date: 21 new freshmen from five different states! During the 2017-2018 academic year, we will be supporting 39 students in total on their journey towards achieving independence. We have big things planned for the new school year! 

In May, eleven of our seniors received their certificates of completion during the 94th Commencement Ceremony at The College of Saint Rose. They anxiously waited in the wings with hundreds of other undergraduate and graduate students, and when their time came to cross the stage, they all did so with confidence and grace! Now, many of our seniors are scoping out area apartments and are preparing to live independently with roommates and limited staff support in our Transitions program, beginning in August. 

One of our seniors was recently featured as a guest speaker and an advocate during the "22Q at the Zoo" event in Utica, NY! Amy spoke about how her life has been impacted by her disability, Deletion 22 (also known as DiGeorge Syndrome). Amy is passionate about educating others about her disability, and inspiring others not to give up on their dreams! 

We are a 12 month program, and during the summer our students continue to develop and grow during the Summer I and Summer II sessions. During the Summer I session, we were able to offer students a lot of great electives to choose from this year, including: Intro to Acting, Fashion Art, Painting, Pioneering and Wilderness Education, Intro to Blogging, Entrepreneurship, and Meteorology! Students are also enrolled in many core content courses that will help them to further their independence and understanding of what it means to be an adult in today's society, including: Human Sexuality, Bus Navigation, Summer Cooking, Recreational Planning, Social Skills, Problem Solving, Community Involvement, and Employment and Internship Prep. 

During the Summer II session, students will continue with some of their courses, and they will also spend some time engaged on recreational trips that they have planned themselves! Recreational planning is an important component of our summer sessions, as it allows students to practice so many skills - from the research skills used to look up activities, to the communication skills used when placing calls to different venues. Of course, students must also use financial reasoning skills to determine if the trips are within budget! Some of the trips that students are most looking forward to include visiting the Brox Zoo and going horseback riding on a ranch. Many of our students are animal lovers! 

Thank you for all that you do to support our program! It means the world to our students and our staff! 

With Gratitude, 

Katie Fahrenkopf

Graduation Celebration
Graduation Celebration
22Q at the Zoo Event in Utica, NY
22Q at the Zoo Event in Utica, NY
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Living Resources Corp

Location: Albany, NY - USA
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Katie Fahrenkopf
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Katie Fahrenkopf
Albany, NY United States

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