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University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Box 453014
Las Vegas, NV 89154
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Program Contact Ryan Wennerlind
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Phone 702-895-1749
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F.O.C.U.S. (Forming Occupational and Community Understanding for Success) is a 2 to 4 year post-secondary education program for young adults with intellectual/developmental disability including Autism. F.O.C.U.S. uses the principles of the Universal Design for Learning and Person Centered planning to provide a 100% inclusive program to help college students achieve current and future academic, independent living, and employment goals.

Program information submitted: February 17, 2022

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: 25
Summer program name Annual Project FOCUS Summer Camp
Description of our summer transition program: The week long summer camp is open to all Project FOCUS students but specifically for new students entering the program. This is one of the first opportunities to learn campus in the transition into the program. In addition to learning campus and campus operations, the camp also focuses on career development. Over the course of the week, students have the opportunity to learn about various career fields and to shadow specific jobs related to each student and their personal interest.
Summer program link: Annual Project FOCUS Summer Camp
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: April 1st (annually)
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length:
  • 2 years
  • 4 years
  • Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 70.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 100.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $6500.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $14000.00
Room and board: $8000.00
Program fees: $6000.00
Additional costs:
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available: UNLV Cohen Scholars Program: $1100 per semester for four semesters. Competition for this scholarship is run every two years. Ruby's Rainbow: Project FOCUS has had multiple students receive a Ruby's Rainbow scholarship.
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
More about course access: While students audit typical UNLV courses, students have an audit agreement for each class to hold high expectations and create requirements the student is responsible to complete in order to receive credit towards the programs certificate.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: We offer three specific courses (i.e., FOCUS Daily Living, FOCUS Career Development, and FOCUS Internship). While these classes are mostly Project FOCUS students, program interns (typical peers) attend the classes as well. FOCUS Daily Living: Course covers daily living topics including: disability, advocacy, voting, personal hygiene, healthy relations, communication, decision making, and sexuality. FOCUS Career Development: Career development related specifically to student interest. Development of job and career exploration, work-based learning, workplace readiness, and self-advocacy. FOCUS Internship Seminar: Internship in specialty area specific to student interest.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 75-99%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Occupational, Career, Life Studies Certificate
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:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 20%
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: 59%
Additional information about career development and work experience: In order to earn the programs 2-year certificate, students must work in at least two semesters of an internship. All work experience include the service of a job coach. Program specific course (i.e., FOCUS Daily Living, FOCUS Career Development, and FOCUS Internship Seminar) are built using concepts of Pre Employment, Training, Services (ETS). FOCUS Career Development serves as a prerequisite to FOCUS Internship Seminar and and internship most of the time.
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
  • Inclusive off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 75-99%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Fraternities/sororities
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation