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The Viscardi Center's Inclusive Higher Education Pilot Program

The Viscardi Center's Inclusive Higher Education Pilot Program
SUNY Nassau Community College
The Viscardi Center's Inclusive Higher Education Pilot Program
201 I.U. Willets Road
Albertson, NY 11507
Program Contact Suzanne Sangiorgio
Program Contact Email
Phone 516-465-1486

The Viscardi Center’s Inclusive Higher Education program is a one-year, non-degree, non-credit program that enables students with intellectual and developmental disabilities an opportunity to attend and fully participate in a college experience. The program which partners with SUNY Nassau Community College focuses on the development of academic, social, vocational, and independent living skills. Students sit in college classes based on interest, attend social events and work with peer mentors from the college. Built around person-centered planning, the program also includes opportunities for students to volunteer and visit work sites of interest to them.

Program information submitted: July 19, 2023

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $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:
  • Local School District funds
  • Grant Funding
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive 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
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 25-49%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? No
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services: Disability/accessibility services
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
Housing is provided to students: No
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 25-49%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Club sports
  • Campus events