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Panther LIFE

Panther LIFE
Florida International University
Panther LIFE
11200 SW 8th St.
Miami, FL 33199
Program Contact Diana Valle-Riestra
Phone 305-348-3783

Project Panther LIFE is a comprehensive post-secondary transition program led by Florida International University (FIU) in partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) and Parent to Parent of Miami, Inc. (P to P) to provide access and participation for students with intellectual disabilities (ID) at the postsecondary level with an ultimate goal of competitive, integrated, paid employment.

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 30
School district or agency partner: Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18-21
  • Student must be enrolled in a particular school system/local educational agency
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 4 years
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Pending (we have applied to become a CTP but have not yet been approved)
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Grant Funding
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

During their first semester, at FIU, students take a specific section of SLS 1402: Discover Your Major. In this course students do self-exploration to match their interests and skills to an appropriate career.

Time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 65%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Last updated: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 09:14