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SUNY Orange/Orange County Community College
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940
Program Contact Patricia Bassey
Phone 845-341-4694

BRIDGES is an inclusive post secondary education experience for young adults (age 21 or have exited high school) with ID, DD, and ASD.
Born of the growing belief that individuals with intellectual or cognitive disabilities have the right to experience collegiate life in a way that is appropriate to meet their need and advance their long-term goals, BRIDGES joins a growing roster of similar program throughout the state and country.
It is our goal that BRIDGES graduates will join the many SUNY Orange alumni who consider their experience at SUNY Orange as pivotal to their starting adult life pursuing formal higher education, enjoying the dignity of living independently and engaging in meaningful work.
BRIDGES offers academic and career exploration for students with varying abilities through a student-centered, learner active and customized course of study designed to meet individual interests, skills and goals. The program has five program goals:
Vocational/Employment Preparation, Independent Living, Academics/Lifelong Learning, Personal Development/Life Strategies and Social Participation/Civics.

Public or private: Public
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
Number of students: 15
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-35
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 3 years
Tuition amount: $15,000.00
Program specific fees: $0.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Pending (we have applied to become a CTP but have not yet been approved)
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

BRIDGES offers specific classes in social skills, executive functioning, consumer math and life skills to augment their credit or audit courses.

Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Achievement
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 28%
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

<p>All clubs are open to BRIDGES students and the BRIDGES Club is open to all students at SUNY Orange. BRIDGES students spend a considerable portion of their time working with peer mentors recruited from the college student body. In addition to attending college classes at audit level or for credit, they are often invited guests of the OTA program to participate in hands on classes and to socialize. BRIDGES students also played a very large role in SUNY Orange's inaugural Kindness Initiative last year.</p>

Last updated: Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 10:24