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UT Informal Classes

UT Informal Classes
The University of Texas at Austin
UT Informal Classes
2405 Robert Dedman Drive
Room 1.116
Austin, TX 78712
Program Contact Jon Pierce-Shimomura
Phone 5122324137

Each semester, UT Informal Classes provides *two types* of courses for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs). Four to six *reverse inclusion courses* where 7-15 adults with IDD form the majority of students mixed with half as many UT college student volunteers who co-mentor and learn alongside one another. Adults with IDD are also offered *inclusion courses* where students experienced with our reverse inclusion courses are allowed to choose from any of the over one hundred existing continuing education courses and attend with a hand-picked, experienced volunteer to act as a buddy who ensures that learning happens to the best of the individual's ability. Students may attend to gain skills to enter the workforce or continue to develop their education. Each class includes an initial 30 minutes of social time with UT college students.

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
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 198
Deadline to apply to this program: Courses are offered each semester: Fall, Spring and Summer
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18 or older
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Additional costs: $0.00

Each course consists of 6-12 classes and costs $120-200.

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
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Scholarships available:

Down syndrome Association of Central Texas and Autism Society of Central Texas offer full or partial scholarships to individuals with Down syndrome and autism respectively. Ruby's Rainbow will provide scholarship to individuals with Down syndrome.

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical Continuing Education courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: All of the time
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Last updated: Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 11:29