Syracuse University is internationally recognized for its work in disability. Below are a few of our programs:
InclusiveU Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
- InclusiveU Transition Initiative – using available self-directed funds/Medicaid Waiver, register through University College to attend InclusiveU
- The Access Program – an inclusive program with Onondaga Community Living, for students with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities who have finished high school.
- The OnCampus Program – an inclusive program with the Syracuse City School District, for students with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 18-21.
- Project SEARCH – During their last year at SU, students have the option to apply and participate in Project SEARCH, a national employment preparation program that places them in on-campus internships to provide them with marketable and transferable job skills. The program consists of three 10-week placements in different departments around SU, where students learn real job skills that match their career interests, as well as classes in professional skills like resume writing, job-hunting and interviewing.
Organizations and Services for Syracuse University Students
- Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee – the Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee (BCCC) is an active group of disabled and nondisabled students who work to make Syracuse University more welcoming for people with disabilities, going “beyond compliance” with the minimum required by law.
- The Disability Cultural Center – the Disability Cultural Center at Syracuse University, opened in 2011, provides a place for all students on campus to learn more about disability community, culture, and pride.
- The Office of Disability Services at Syracuse University – provides disability-related services and accommodations to Syracuse University students.
National Centers on Disability
- Burton Blatt Institute – promotes civic and economic participation of people with disabilities, especially through employment and business collaborations.
- Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies – conducts research, teaching, and advocacy to promote the rights of people with disabilities and disability as an aspect of diversity in society.
- The Inclusion Institutes – a consortium of projects working toward inclusion in all levels of education, including Schools of Promise, the Institute on Communication and Inclusion, the Syracuse University Parent Advocacy Center, and the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education.
Disability-Related Academic Programs
- Disability Studies – an interdisciplinary academic program for undergraduate and graduate students, studying socio-political aspects of disability.
- Inclusive Education – the Teaching and Leadership department at Syracuse University offers a variety of inclusive education programs, training educators at the undergraduate and graduate levels to become teachers of diverse students with and without disabilities.