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University of South Florida St. Petersburg
140 7th Ave. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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Program Contact Danie Roberts-Dahm
Phone (727) 873-4654

UMatter is an innovative inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) program for students with intellectual disability (ID) located at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) campus. UMatter students will increase their skills in the five program components (academic access and enrichment, career development and employment, campus and community engagement, self-determination, and independent living) based on their individualized goals and tailored program of study. Students will complete their program of study by earning a certificate of completion and accomplishment from the UMatter program and a Career Readiness Badge from USF based upon their individualized career goals and program of study. The Career Readiness Badge addresses eight essential skills employers look for when hiring interns or new employees (career management, communications, critical thinking, global citizenship, leadership, professionalism, teamwork, and technology). Students who successfully complete the program will obtain competitive employment aligned with their selected program of study. Students in UMatter express a strong desire to continue their education in an inclusive postsecondary setting, explore careers and engage in work-based learning opportunities, and live independently. Students in UMatter will physically attend the university and audit college courses, join and participate in campus and community clubs, organizations and activities, engage in internships, apply for jobs, obtain competitive employment, and become responsible members of their community. Students may have the option to live on campus at USFSP which is a unique opportunity in that less than half of the inclusive postsecondary programs in Florida feature an on-campus residential component, complete with support from residential coaches.

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: 8
This program will be serving students in: 2020-2021
Description of our summer transition program:
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Must have a documented intellectual disability

Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 3 years
Cost of the program:

Costs for the programs are to be determined.

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
  • Scholarships
  • Grant Funding
Students take these types of "typical" 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
Information on special classes:

Topical workshops available in small group, based on student needs.

Time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Career Readiness Badge; Certificate of Completion
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Continuing education credential
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Last updated: Friday, October 9, 2020 - 14:29