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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 transition-aged students (ages 18 to 22) with intellectual 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: 10
School district or agency partner: Earlywood Educational Services
Contact person: Misty Crouch
Deadline to apply to this program: February 1st
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 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: 67%
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 a school 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.

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: 67%
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%
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, March 4, 2020 - 12:54