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UL LIFE Program

UL LIFE Program
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
UL LIFE Program
PO Box 44291
Lafayette, LA 70504
Program Contact Caroline Jurisich
Phone 337-482-9022

UL LIFE, where we believe Learning Is For Everyone!
LIFE is a highly personalized program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. By combining academic, life, and self-advocacy skills with socialization at the college level, young adults with intellectual disabilities can become thriving members of our community. Our college-level elective courses, combined with our professional or interpersonal studies tracks, all center around the practice of learning by doing. We work closely with each student to customize their courses and college experience so they are prepared for a career they love. Our academic mentors accompany each student every step of the way, including going to class, modifying in-class assignments, and providing support for out-of-class assignments and homework.

Public or private: Public
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
Number of students: 16
Deadline to apply to this program: November 1- January 12
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-25 at fall start date
  • Students must have exited a high school special education program. Students with high school diplomas are not eligible for UL LIFE.
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 63%
Retention rate: 100%
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:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Scholarships
Scholarships available:

National Down Syndrome Society
Ruby's Rainbow

Any scholarships the students seek and earn can be applied to the student's tuition balance.

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

Students and staff choose courses aligned with student interest and goals. LIFE students audit those courses with the assistance of an Academic Mentor. This mentor helps to modify the workload so the LIFE student can participate as fully as possible.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Semester 1:
1) LIFE 110. Functional Academic Writing.
2) LIFE 120. Career Readiness.

Semester 2
1) LIFE 101. Personal Finance.
2) LIFE 121. Independent Living.

Semester 3
1) LIFE 210. Reading for a Purpose.
2) LIFE 220. Successful Employment.

Semester 4
1) LIFE 201. Time & Schedule Management.
2) LIFE 221. Communication Skills.
3) LIFE 230. Academic Internship.

Semester 5
1) LIFE 310. Career Writing.
2) LIFE 320. Social Skills Development.
3) LIFE 330. LIFE Career Internship.

Semester 6
1) LIFE 301. Money Management.
2) LIFE 321. Self-Advocacy.
3) LIFE 331. Vocational Internship.

Semester 7
1) LIFE 410. Using Media for a Purpose.
2) LIFE 420. Appropriate Job Etiquette.
3) LIFE 430. Professional Internship Training.

Semester 8
1) LIFE 421. Vocational Readiness.
2) LIFE 431. Professional Internship Practicum.

Time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 50%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

To date, no students have exited the program. When we have our first class graduation ceremony, we will offer an Award of Completion.

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: 50%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

- Sports team managers: football, softball, golf
- Nationally Recognized Sorority, religious organizations, intramural, cheer team member, University student led mission trips.

Local Down Syndrome Association, UNIFIED Sports, Christian Youth Theatre

Last updated: Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 11:50