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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 30606
Program Contact Carol Britton Laws
Phone 706-542-9401

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 5 spring/fall semesters. Students will audit UGA courses, gain valuable job skills, and build a social network based on individualized plans supported by peer mentors. Applications are due in the middle of May each year.Select students will be invited to participate in a Summer Leadership Program from as a pre-requisite to program admittance. 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? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 5
Description of our summer transition program:

The summer leadership Institute serves as a pre-requisite to admission into the Destination Dawgs program. This is a part of the application process, and an invite based 2 night, 3 day on campus program. Destination Dawgs enjoys a collaboration with the JW Fanning Institute for Leadership Development to facilitate this opportunity.

School district or agency partner: Vocational Rehabilitation
Deadline to apply to this program: May 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.
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 83%
Retention rate: 100%
Cost of the program: On campus housing will be available for Destination Dawgs students in Fall 2018
Additional costs: $7,879.00
  • Academic Tuition: $4776 (in state) for 6 or more course credit hours
  • UGA Student Fees: $ 1133 (required for My ID and access to auxiliary student services)
  • Program Fee: $1970 (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)
  • Scholarships
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
  • Housing MAY be available to students who request it, but is not guaranteed. Speak to a program representative for more information.
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:

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

Last updated: Monday, August 20, 2018 - 10:59