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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
Phone 512-529-9331

Lifelong Learning with Friends offers continuing education classes that are designed for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Some time in each class includes meeting with other college student volunteers.  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: February 25, 2021

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: 55
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: courses offered year round
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18 and older, 17 on a case by case basis
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • paraplegia, TBI, Down syndrome, home- or bed-bound conditions
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 95.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $125.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $125.00
Program fees: $0.00
Cost of the program:
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)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Scholarships available: Ruby's Rainbow for adults with Down syndrome
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical Continuing Education courses
More about course access: Students select from a wide variety of fun core academic and personal development topics to learn alongside college student volunteers. Students may also elect to be included in regular continuing education courses alongside the general public with a college student buddy.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program:
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? No
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Other career development activities are:
We offer the following specialized credentials: The diverse courses and personal development training introduce students to a wide variety of potential career directions
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
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time