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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. This non-degree certificate Program of Study provides access and participation in a variety of program activities through a system of supports provided by peer, faculty, academic and social mentors, an Employment Liaison, university-based resources, and other key project personnel who work directly with students to ensure that individual and program goals are met. The program provides integrated educational opportunity aimed at developing skills associated with career development and employment; campus and community engagement; self-determination; independent living; and academic enrichment including skill acquisition in ten (10) areas of specialization that prepares student for competitive, integrated, paid employment while developing the student’s ability to live independently (as defined by the student) upon graduation. The program offers students a well-rounded experience while developing skills and competencies in their selected area of specialization. Students can earn micro-credentials and industry certifications in one of ten areas of specialization: 1. Hospitality Operations 2. Food Production 3. Computer Technology, 4. Digital Communication 5. Corporate Communications 6. Animation 7. Health and Nutrition 8. Operating Room Assistant Intern 9. Sterilization Technician Intern 10. Environmental Technician

Program information submitted: April 20, 2022

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: 34
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 25, 2022
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18 - 25 on admission to the program
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 3 years
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
  • Grant Funding
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive 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
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
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
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
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
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
  • Club sports
  • Campus events