The Taishoff Center delivers higher expectations for higher education through:
- InclusiveU: This Syracuse University initiative offers an inclusive college experience for students with intellectual disabilities including individualized coursework, person-centered planning, professional internships through Project SEARCH, and social and extracurricular activities. Students work towards a non-credit certificate in a specialized area of study according to their individual interests. Students are able to live in campus residence halls and participate in all aspects of campus life.
- Research: Graduates and undergraduates at Syracuse University collaborate with faculty on topics including student growth/learning, transitioning to work and community living, public policy, economic models for inclusive education, and other related issues.
- Collaboration: The Taishoff Center provides teaching strategies for faculty including information about universal design and adapting curriculum for students with IDD. We also co-host a yearly national conference, State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Disabilities, with George Mason University and the Helen Keller Institute.
- Technical Assistance and Consultation: As a model comprehensive transition and postsecondary program for students with IDD, Taishoff Center faculty, graduate students, parents, and participants provide technical assistance on how to replicate the InclusiveU initiative on campuses across the nation.
The Lawrence B. Taishoff Center works toward the full and equal participation of all college students with disabilities: in academics, the arts, extracurricular activities and campus life, career-related opportunities, and the vibrant social communities and cultures campuses can offer. We are especially committed to the inclusion of students with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities, who have traditionally been excluded from higher education. As students with disabilities like autism and Down syndrome enter higher education, they are re-defining what it means to be a life-long learner.