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Franklin College
101 Branigin Blvd
Franklin, IN 46131
Program Contact Lisa Whitlow-Hill
Phone 3177368495

The purpose of the INSPIRE program is to provide students (ages 18 to 22) with intellectual and cognitive disabilities a postsecondary college experience to develop self-advocacy skills, engage in career exploration, and develop social skills that lead to employment in a career field.

Public or private: Private
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 11
School district or agency partner: Earlywood Educational Services
Contact person: Misty Crouch
Deadline to apply to this program: February
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18-22
  • Student must be enrolled in a particular school system/local educational agency
Accepts out-of-state students: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Mild cognitive, Emotional Disability
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 58%
Retention rate: 100%
Cost of the program: N/A
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Must be enrolled in the Earlywood Educational Services Cooperative and be eligible for services under IDEA.
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

College courses are not offered to every INSPIRE student every semester they are in attendance. There is typically a course in Special Populations in the Fall semester, other courses are assigned based on availability of college professors.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

INSPIRE 100 has been adapted to the same course that Franklin College students take as Freshman for one hour per week. Other courses are like any typical college student.

Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between half the time and 75% of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 33%
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 60%
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Tailgating, dance marathons, activities in town, etc.- most have been done with Franklin College interns.

Last updated: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 11:05