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AbleLight College

AbleLight College
Concordia University- Ann Arbor
AbleLight College
4090 Geddes Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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Program Contact Angela Post
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Phone 734-995-7274
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AbleLight College is a two or three year certificate program in the inclusive university environment of Concordia University- Ann Arbor. AbleLight College is designed to meet the higher education needs of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Students attending AbleLight College live inclusively with Concordia University students in the dorms with support, attend Concordia University courses with supports and accommodations, and have one to two internships each semester. Internships can be on campus and off campus. AbleLight College Students are supported by life skills coaches, job skill coaches and student classroom instructors. The goal of Bethesda College is to prepare students for independent adult living and employment in the community. AlbeLight College follows graduates into the community with transitional supports to continue practicing independent living skills that were acquired throughout college.

Program information submitted: February 15, 2022

Public or private: Private
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Summer program name AC101 (AbleLight College 101)
Description of our summer transition program:

AC101 is a full-immersion week long experience designed for high school and transition program students interested in enrolling at AbleLight College after graduation. Students attend the summer before completing high school. For the full week, high school students will take a walk in the shoes of our current AbleLight College students, experiencing classes, dorm and campus life, and community activities.

Summer program link: AC101 (AbleLight College 101)
School district or agency partner: AbleLight
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18 - 26
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $44000.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $44000.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? We are not a CTP, and have no plans to become one.
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Students take 9-11 AbleLight College Courses each semester that focus on living independently with a disability.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 25-49%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Applied Learning
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 25-49%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events