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SUNY Orange - Orange County Community College
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940
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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 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 three areas of academic focus:

1. Social Skills
2. Vocational Preparation
3. Life Skills

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 30
Deadline to apply to this program: March 1
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-35
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 3 years
Cost of the program: $7500 per semester for tuition
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Scholarships available:

Several scholarships are available. The Ullrich, Harrington and COTA Club scholarships are administered through the SUNY Orange Foundation. Three scholarships are administered through the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan (CFOS).

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • 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 has an extensive curriculum to support students including social skills, consumer math, executive functioning and life skills.

Time spent only with other students in this program: Between half the time and 75% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate
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: 20%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 25%
We offer the following specialized credentials:


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:

Most activities sponsored by Center for Student Involvement. Participation in the following clubs: Dance, Outdoor, Veterans, Intramurals, Acting, SAGA, Criminal Justice as well as the Program's officially recognized club: BRIDGES.

BRIDGES also partners with various departments such as OTA, Spanish and Sustainability throughout the year for special events.

Last updated: Monday, March 9, 2020 - 12:31