One Old Ferry Road
Stonewall Terrace IV/Honors Building
Bristol, RI 2809
The RI Transition Academy at Roger Williams University is a unique educational program operated by The East Bay Educational Collaborative that provides motivated students with disabilities an opportunity to complete their high school education on a college campus and in various community settings. The Transition Academies began in 2003 as an alternative to the public school setting for 18-21 year old students with intellectual, physical and/or emotional disabilities who require additional instruction in functional life skills including employment preparation, social skills training, and assistance with college coursework. Some of the main objectives for our students include;
• To learn about themselves and the world around them.
• To prepare for and obtain competitive employment by participation in business internships.
• To have opportunities to take college courses with support.
• To participate in campus activities and to join clubs.
• To learn how to interact and access their community.
• To have the same kind of experiences their non-disabled peers have.
• To make friends and form networks that will support them in the future.
• To gain experiences that will better prepare them to live independently.
• Students attend the program 180 days and follow the college academic calendar as closely as possible.
• Students learn how to take public transportation to and from the campus, as well as to worksites in the community.
• Students participate in 3 eight to ten week internships at community businesses matched to personal skills, abilities and preferences 3 days per week.
• Transition Weeks in between student internships allow students to reflect on their experience, participate in interviews, prepare presentations on skills they have gained and prepare their resumes.
• Students plan and participate in social activities with their Academy peers 1 day per week and with RWU peers weekly through “Best Buddies” on Campus.
• Students receive functional independent living instruction in an apartment setting 1 day per week.
• Students receive special education classroom transition instruction three mornings per week.
• Each Semester Academy Students attend a college level course in conjunction with RWU students.
The Transition Academy is integrated on Campus :
• RWU School of Education Interns work with students in the classroom 50 hours per semester as part of their pre-service training.
• Academy students participate in “Best Buddies” Chapter on Campus
• Academy students participate in recreational activities on campus with RWU peers as well as access facilities for dining and leisure.
• Academy students participate each semester in a RWU College course.
Students that have graduated from the RI Transition Academy have gone on to positive outcomes in employment, community living and or postsecondary education.
Program information submitted: January 11, 2023
|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:||8|
|Description of our summer transition program:|
|School district or agency partner:||East Bay Educational Collaborative serving districts in RI, MA and CT|
|Contact person:||Carolyn Aspinwall, Director|
|Program serves students who have left high school?||Some of our students have left high school|
|Deadline to apply to this program:||NONE|
|Criteria for admission||
|Accepts out-of-state students?||Yes|
|Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:||
|Program length:||Varies from student to student|
|Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates|
|Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term:||98.00%|
|Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one:||10.00%|
|Notes on acceptance and attendance:||STUDENTS ARE ELIGIBLE TO STAY IN THE PROGRAM UNTIL AGE 22.|
|Average student tuition and fees for the current school year:||$32500.00|
|Average out-of-state tuition, current year:||$32500.00|
|Room and board:||$0.00|
|Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)?||We are not a CTP, and have no plans to become one.|
|Students pay for the program in the following ways:||
|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:||EACH SEMESTER ACADEMY STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN A JOINT INCLUSION CLASS THROUGH THE RWU EDUCATION DEPARTMENT THAT FOCUSES ON BUILDING SOCIAL AND EMPLOYMENT SKILLS.|
|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):||100%|
|Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester?||Yes|
|Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program:||80%|
|Other career development activities are:||
|Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program:||20%|
|Additional information about career development and work experience:||STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN 2-3 INTERNHIPS DURING THE YEAR|
|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:||Yes|
|Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus):||50-74%|
|Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities||