Think College AZ is a new collaborative of inclusive postsecondary education programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council is supporting efforts to grow and support more programs.
A key component will be the development of a stakeholder advisory committee. If you are interested in being part of this initiative please complete the contact form below.
Stakeholder Advisory Committee contact form
L.O.P.E.S. (Learning Opportunities for Participation and Engagement in School) Academy
The L.O.P.E.S. (Learning Opportunities for Participation and Engagement in School) Academy is a two-year, non-degree program for neurodiverse individuals. Participants attend the program twice a week for a total of 10 hours per week. There are various components of the program which include seven courses, social activities, lunch, chapel and workshops. After the first year and a half in the program the participants receive an internship on campus.
Supporting Inclusive Practices in Colleges (SIP-C)
The Supporting Inclusive Practices in Colleges Program (SIP-C) is a U.S. Department of Education grant-funded program with the mission of empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate and thrive in higher education experiences. We work closely with local college campuses in northern Arizona to deliver personalized academic support services and resources. Dedicated educational coaches and peer mentors assist students and their families in “setting the bar high” for successful transitions into college. SIP-C supports individuals with intellectual disabilities who are interested in pursuing an advanced degree, certification, or credential in any field.
Project FOCUS (Focusing Opportunities with Community and University Support), in collaboration with the College of Education and Pima County public school districts, provides a unique post-high school transition opportunity for students (ages 18-21) with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
Project FOCUS provides access to the University of Arizona’s academic courses, community-based internships and campus life social events to increase students' independence, communication and employability.