About the Taishoff Center

The Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education is committed to individualized and inclusive higher educational opportunities for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Established in 2009 as part of Syracuse University’s School of Education, the Taishoff Center offers support, research, training, and resources to individuals, families, and college campus communities looking for strategies to foster and support college students with disabilities. The Center also provides information about students’ rights in higher education, universal design for courses, accommodations for specific types of disabilities, and other disability-related resources.

The Taishoff Center is home to InclusiveU, which offers a comprehensive college experience for students with intellectual disabilities including individualized coursework, person-centered planning, professional internships, and social and extracurricular activities.

If you are a person with any type of disability and you want to go to college, we want to support your dream. Maybe you are already in college, but need information, financial aid options, or connections with other students who have disabilities. You’ve come to the right place! Whether you are a student with Down syndrome auditing courses or a student with ADHD finishing your dissertation, the Taishoff Center wants to see you succeed and become part of the next generation of people with disabilities who are making a difference in their fields.

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InclusiveU Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

  • InclusiveU – Students can attend University College at Syracuse University through InclusiveU. A variety of options are available including self-directed/Medicaid Waivers, the OnCampus program for Syracuse City students, and the Access program through Onondaga Community Living.
  • Internship Program – During their last year at SU, students participate in this job-readiness program which places them in on-campus internships to provide them with marketable and transferable job skills. The program consists of two 15-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.