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Lifelong Learning with Friends

Lifelong Learning with Friends
The University of Texas at Austin
Lifelong Learning with Friends
2405 Robert Dedman Drive
Room 1.116
Austin, TX 78712
Program Contact Jon Pierce
Program Contact Email
Phone 512-529-9331
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

Lifelong Learning with Friends offers continuing education classes that are designed for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities. College student volunteers spend the entire course time learning alongside adults with IDD.  Courses are offered online to students with IDDs around the world or in person on the UT Austin campus. Students may also be supported to participate in over one hundred additional continuing education courses.

Program information submitted: May 19, 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
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 100
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Criteria for admission
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • TBI, muscular dystrophy, home- or bed-bound conditions such as paraplegia
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 100.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 85.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance: Many students with IDD reenroll in our continuing education courses for lifelong learning
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $125.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $125.00
Room and board: $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
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:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Scholarships available: Adults with Down syndrome may use scholarships from
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical Continuing Education courses
More about course access: Adults with IDD who are interested may work with us may also be included in continuing education courses aimed at the general public with the assistance of a college student buddy.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program:
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 1-24%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? No
Other career development activities are:
  • None
Additional information about career development and work experience: Adult students with IDD enhance their career readiness and retainability by learning soft and hard skills in classes with college student volunteers. The wide variety of courses offered open minds to new careers such as Research or Pharmacy Technicians
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: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 100%