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Syracuse Access

Syracuse Access
University College at Syracuse University
Syracuse Access
518 James Street
Suite 110
Syracuse, NY 13203

ACCESS, part of the InclusiveU initiative at Syracuse University, is the result of a unique partnership between Onondaga Community Living and University College. It allows students with severe disabilities to participate in auditing classes as a non-matriculated student, and helps them navigate the college process. Seven students at a time are enrolled in the program. It begins with students developing their own educational plan and registering for classes. Each student is paired with a campus mentor who assists them as needed“ securing adaptations, taking notes, making presentations, completing assignments, and studying. Students are also paired with SU students who help them adapt socially to college life. The whole effort is arranged by the Director of Inclusive Education, Bud Buckhout, whose expertise is in inclusive educational services. He works directly with professors, administrators, and departments at SU to create a truly inclusive educational experience for each student. The ACCESS office is located within the Financial Aid Office at University College. ACCESS students must qualify for funding under Medicaid and have a personal commitment to doing the work required to continue their education. The goal of ACCESS is to empower and support each student as they pursue their personal goals related to college study, making them a valued member of the college campus.

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: Have graduated or exited from high school
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
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
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
Time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Last updated: Monday, April 6, 2020 - 14:39