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FIU Embrace Education

FIU Embrace Education
Florida International University in Miami, Florida
FIU Embrace Education
11200 SW 8th Street
Suite 150 - Parking Garage 6
Miami, FL 33199
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Program Contact Krystal Sutherland
Program Contact Email
Phone 3053485445
Website Program website
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The FIU Embrace Education program for non-degree seeking students is a three-year, non-degree, certificate inclusive postsecondary transition program for students ages 18-28 with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).The primary goal of the program is to offer a comprehensive and integrated university-based education that is inclusive and accessible and promotes competitive, integrated employment and independent living in the community.

Program information submitted: January 17, 2023

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: 40
School district or agency partner: n/a
Contact person: n/a
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: March 3, 2023
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
  • Age range: 18-25
  • The student is not under guardianship
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 3 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 60.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 100.00%
Program fees: $16750.00
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
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: All FIU Embrace students are registered as non-degree seeking students at FIU. Throughout the 3 years of the program, all students are required to enroll in a total of 12 inclusive, college classes for audit.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: All FIU Embrace students participate in Independent Living Skills seminars
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 75-99%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: certificate of completion
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students? Industry level certifications depending on their chosen area of specialization
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 10%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 70%
Additional information about career development and work experience: The FIU Embrace Education Job Coach meets with each student to determine the best fit for a job shadowing/internship placement based on comprehensive and recurring assessments that gauge interest, experience, and skill. The Job Coach will work with the student to make the final decision regarding the job placement
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 75-99%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation