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University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #311335
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Program Contact Brenda L. Barrio, Ph.D.
Phone 940-891-6800
Facebook link to program Facebook page

UNT ELEVAR (Empower, Learn, Excel, enVision, Advance, Rise) is a four-year inclusive postsecondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities (ID). Following the definition of the program’s name, ELEVAR [lift, soar, rise, in Spanish], the program’s vision is to empower young adults with ID who wish to continue postsecondary education (PSE) to become self-determined, independent, and healthy adults readied for integrated competitive employment. Most importantly, the UNT ELEVAR program welcomes young adults with I/DD to be part of the Mean Green family experience. UNT ELEVAR will seek the Comprehensive Transition Program accreditation from the U.S. Department of Education.

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
This program will be serving students in: 2021-2022
Description of our summer transition program:

UNT ELEVAR's transition program is called the Transition Pathway program and is implemented in collaboration with local school districts. The Transition Pathway program is currently only serving students from partnership school districts (Irving ISD, Fort Worth ISD, Denton ISD, and Decatur ISD). 

School district or agency partner: Decatur ISD, Denton ISD, Fort Worth ISD, & Irving ISD
Deadline to apply to this program: February 1, 2021
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-28
  • Student must be their own legal guardian
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 4 years
Cost of the program:

We are currently working on setting the breakdown of tuition and fees for the UNT ELEVAR program. Our goal is for the cost to be similar to those for all other UNT students, which is about $26,000 total (In-State Tuition). This cost includes Room and Board fees at approximately $9,888 for the academic year and $4,500 for Student Services/Transportation Fees. The cost will include a specific program fee.

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

The program is designed to give UNT ELEVAR students the opportunity to audit traditional UNT courses every semester in their desired area of specialization, driven by their person-centered planning. Natural supports through their peers and faculty along with classroom modifications/accommodations will be used, changing the college culture to one of inclusiveness where diversity is valued.

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

The UNT ELEVAR program will provide two courses per semester (3 credit hours each) in the first two years, and one course per semester in their last two years, focused on skill building in employment and vocation, independent living, technology, social, health and well-being, financial literacy, and other academic skills. 

All UNT ELEVAR courses will employ a culturally responsive framework (Gay, 2018) coupled with universal design for learning (UDL; Rose & Meyer, 2002) to situate teaching and learning across engagement, representation, action and expression on the students’ diverse experiences and backgrounds focuses on cultural awareness, values, and reciprocity.

Time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: CTP Certificate of Completion
The credential(s) is/are: 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: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 19:26