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University of Rochester
University of Rochester
Meliora Hall
Rochester, NY 14627
Program Contact JoAnn Genthner
Phone 585-387-3829

TOUR is a college-based transition program at University of Rochester for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities age 18-21 who have completed four or more years of high school. While in TOUR, students participate in college courses, activities and work experiences catered to their individual career goals and interests.
TOUR students develop independent living skills to equip themselves with the tools and resources to lead a self-determined adult life. transition program is designed for students between the ages of 18-21. It is a half day on campus and half day work program. During their on campus time, students build independent work and living skills, participate with student mentors and interns and have recreation/social time. Students may also participate in person centered planning and identify individualized goals they wish to accomplish (i.e. obtain drivers license). The work portion of the day is based on previous employment outcomes.

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: 25
Description of our summer transition program: The summer program runs very similiarly to the school year program without participation in college courses.
School district or agency partner: Monroe No. 1 BOCES
Contact person: Joann Genthner
Deadline to apply to this program: none
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18-21
  • Student must be a resident of the state where the program is located
  • Student must be enrolled in a particular school system/local educational agency
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Other Health Impaired, Learning Disabled, Hearing Impaired
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 100%
Retention rate: 60%
Additional costs: $0.00

Other costs are dependent on student's IEP.

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
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

All TOUR students participate in college courses at University of Rochester (non-credit status).  Peer academic coaches are paired 1:1 with TOUR students to support access to college courses; attend classes with them; meet weekly for individual academic coaching sessions'; and are available throughout the week as needed.

Time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 20%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 20%
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, March 4, 2020 - 11:33