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Destination Dawgs: Inclusive Post-Secondary Education at UGA

Destination Dawgs: Inclusive Post-Secondary Education at UGA
University of Georgia
Destination Dawgs: Inclusive Post-Secondary Education at UGA
850 College Station Rd
Institute on Human Development and Disability
Athens, GA 30602
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Program Contact Alexis Szelwach or Kristina Britton
Phone 706-542-2418

Reflecting our tagline “Life is a journey. Be prepared for the trip”, our program’s goal is for Destination Dawgs graduates to have gained new knowledge, skills, and competencies which lead to a rewarding adult life. This includes attaining a desired job, having an increased ability to live independently, and building relationships that expand their social networks.This non-degree Certificate program will support students with intellectual disabilities who are transitioning to adulthood an opportunity to prepare for a career and independent living over the course of 4 semesters. Students will participate in UGA courses, gain valuable job skills, and build a social network based on individualized plans supported by peer mentors. Applications are due in October each year. Interested students must participate in a mid- July Summer Leadership Program from as a pre-requisite to applying to the program. Students must be over 18 years old, have a documented disability, and have a desire to gain skills for self-determination,independent living, and career development at the University of Georgia. Students who are under partial or limited guardianship will be considered.

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: 11
Description of our summer transition program:

The Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) serves as a pre-requisite to formal application and possible admission into the Destination Dawgs program for the following academic year. This is a required part of the application process. Interested students and their familiies must complete an application to the SLI to participate in this multi-day experiential learning opportunity.  The SLI provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the program and practice the leadership skills needed  to suceed int he program. Destination Dawgs appreciates a collaboration with the JW Fanning Institute for Leadership Development to facilitate this opportunity.

Deadline to apply to this program: October of each year
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-25
  • Student must be their own legal guardian
  • We will not accept students who are under plenary guardianship of their parents. Students who have limited or partial guardianships agreements will be considered.

Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 25%
Retention rate: 100%
Cost of the program:

Tuition and student fees are set by the University of Georgia. These fees, along with a program fee, are subject to change. Academic Tuition: $4895 (in state) for 6 or more course credit hours UGA Student Fees: $ 1145 (required for My ID and access to auxiliary student services) Program Fee: $3000 (administrative expenses)

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)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

<p>Ruby's Rainbow</p>

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

<p>Destination Dawgs Academic Instructor works directly with UGA departments and instructors to request and secure seats in classes that occur in the UGA bulletin. In class, Destination Dawgs students are supported by peer mentors.</p>

Time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate in College and Career Readiness from UGA Continuing Education
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved 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
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 30%
Housing is provided to students: No
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
  • Housing for Destination Dawgs students is not currently available as a component of the program. Destination Dawgs program staff will not provide personal care and are available after academic program hours by arrangement only. Off-Campus Apartments: For students who cannot commute but wish to live independently near campus, a number of off –campus student apartments are available. Monthly rent, distance from campus, and amenities vary. Destination Dawgs program staff can assist incoming students and families with identifying housing options and with support providing organizations if assistance with personal care and daily living are required.

Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

<p>UGA sporting events, Trick or Tate, UGA Homecoming Carnival, Homecoming Parade, Tate Student Food Bank, Athens Council Community on Aging volunteer work, Kitchen Garden Corps volunteer work, BIKE Athens volunteer work, Miracle/Dance Marathon, UGA golf, Butterfly Dreams, Red &amp; Black, Christian ministry, various student organizations.</p>

Last updated: Monday, October 26, 2020 - 12:37