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Washington State University
P.O. Box 642132
Pullman, WA 99164-2132
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Program Contact Thomas Falash
Phone (509) 335-4078

WSU ROAR (Responsibility Opportunities Advocacy and Respect) is a two-year inclusive postsecondary education program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The program provides individualized programs of study in education, social skills, and vocational training through person-centered planning. WSU ROAR students live communally on campus during the University’s fall and spring semester, attend individualized programming, and complete WSU audit courses with same-aged peers. Most importantly, the WSU ROAR program welcomes young adults with I/DD to be part of the Cougar family experience. WSU ROAR is a Comprehensive Transition Program, as described by 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? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 9
Deadline to apply to this program: January 12, 2020
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-29
  • -Is an individual between 18 and 29 years of age; -Has moderate limitations in adaptive behavior and intellectual functioning as expressed in social, practical, and conceptual adaptive skills according to the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD, 2011); -Is seeking greater independence through enhancing social, communication, vocational and life skills in a post-secondary education program; -Is willing and able to live communally and independently with other WSU ROAR students in campus housing (apartments) during the duration of the program; -Has participated in a functional-based curriculum (K-12), received services through an -Individualized Education Plan (IEP), or completed an alternate assessment portfolio; -Has completed high school with or without a typical high school diploma; -Is not able to enroll in a “traditional” college or university program, even with accommodations; -Exhibits responsible and socially adaptive behavior without supervision; -Has sufficient emotional and independent ability to participate in all aspects of the WSU ROAR Program; -Demonstrates the ability to accept personal responsibility for actions and maintains respect for self and others; -Has no history of disruptive or aggressive behavior. Note: ROAR does not have the personnel necessary to manage behavioral issues. -Has the ability to independently self-administer and manage medication, specialized dietary and/or medical needs. Note: WSU ROAR personnel are not available to manage/administer medication and takes no responsibility for specialized diets or medical needs. -Demonstrates at least a 4th grade reading level or higher. Students with lower reading levels may be considered for conditional admission; -Demonstrates basic mathematical understanding and the ability to use a calculator; -Is able to communicate with others (with or without assistive technology) -Can function independently and participate in semester-long workshops and seminars that last between 90 minutes and 2 hours; -Can handle and adapt to change; is not overly stressed when things change; and -Demonstrate the potential to successfully achieve personal and program goals within the context of the WSU ROAR Program’s context and setting. Please Note: The WSU ROAR Program does not have the personnel to supervise students with difficult and challenging behaviors or to dispense medications. The WSU ROAR program provides access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodations in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities.
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Developmental disabilities
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 25%
Retention rate: 80%
Tuition amount: $2,232.00
Room and board: $7,295.00
Program specific fees: $15,000.00
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
Scholarships available:

Scholarships will be available through the College of Education. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $15,000 depending on the individual need. We also encourage students families to apply for Financial Aid.

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

Audit courses: Any available WSU course that can be audited (non-credit) focused on their personal and career interests (e.g., horticulture, early childhood, education, multimedia).

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

WSU ROAR programming: WSU ROAR workshops and specific training opportunities will include those specifically for their needs (life skills, digital literacy, career planning, financial literacy/management).

Time spent only with other students in this program: Between half the time and 75% of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 22%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
We offer the following specialized credentials:


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: 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

WSU Roar students will also be encouraged to take advantage of the social aspects of college life such as attending WSU sponsored events (e.g., sporting events, cultural events, etc.), spending time with other WSU students outside of class, using the recreation center, or planning outings to restaurants or other settings with classmates or friends.

Last updated: Monday, November 4, 2019 - 08:45