Oklahoma is finally on the Think College Map!

LeadLearnLive, an Oklahoma non-profit, has been working since 2012 to educate, raise awareness, and build support in Oklahoma to begin college programs for students with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities. The organization has been presenting at state conferences and transition fairs, speaking to parent groups, state agencies, and advocacy organizations and also worked with the legislature to enroll a House Resolution in support of post-secondary programs for students with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities. Lead Learn Live is excited to announce the award of start-up funding to Northeastern State University to begin the first post-secondary college program in Oklahoma for students with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities!

The RiverHawks Scholar Program, located at NSU’s beautiful Tahlequah campus will begin in the fall of 2018. The program will provide supports in the areas of Independent Living, Social Skills, Academics and Career Development. The four-year program is a joint effort between the College of Continuing Education and College of Education with key collaborators across campus excited for the program to begin.

Think College has been an integral partner with LeadLearnLive for several years providing expertise, support and encouragement to begin a college program. Think Colleges’ Dr. Meg Grigal and Deb Hart along with Edie Cusack, Executive Director of College of Charleston’s REACH program, led an intensive 2-day training at NSU’s campus with key collaborators at the university. The training was invaluable to lay the foundation needed for the RiverHawks Scholar Program to be the flagship program in the state for these students! LeadLearnLive is continuing to raise funding to support this first program and has the goal to support additional programs in Oklahoma.

For more information contact: Julie Lackey, Founder and Executive Director at jlackey.leadlearnlive@gmail.com.