115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940
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:||
|Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:||
|Program length:||3 years|
|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:||
|Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):||
|Students take courses that are only for students in this program:||Yes|
|Information on special classes:||
<p>BRIDGES offers specific classes in social skills, executive functioning, consumer math and life skills to augment their credit or audit courses.</p>
|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:||
|Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program:||28%|
|Other career development activities are:||
|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:||50%|
|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>