LifePrep@Naz About the Program:
The LifePrep@Naz program is an interagency campus based program for 18-21 year old students and young adults with intellectual disabilities. The overall goal of the program is for individuals to continue their education while working towards competitive employment. Nazareth College, in partnership with Victor Central School District and The Arc of Monroe, plans to establish a program with two levels of completion certificates; 3 year Program to be endorsed by Nazareth College and the sending school district, and a 4 year Program to be endorsed by Nazareth College, the sending school, and The Arc of Monroe. The curriculum is created to be inclusive of students. 50% of their time will be with same aged peers without disabilities. The program will include NYS CDOS’ standard as a foundation, experiential vocational opportunities, and individual designed Person Centered Planning. LifePrep@Naz students will also be supported by peer mentors who are Nazareth College Students. Mentors will provide academic support to students and promote the inclusiveness of LifePrep students in the campus community.
The mission of LifePrep@Naz is to provide community learning experiences that allow for the transformation of individuals with intellectual disabilities from students to self-determined contributors in our society.
LifePrep@Naz will be recognized nationally as a program that provides opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to continue in their education and development with peers on a college campus. LifePrep@Naz will also be known as a program that influences the collaborative communities that come together: by raising the level of expectation for individuals with intellectual disabilities, by broadening the construct of diversity to include ability, and by preparing each participant to obtain meaningful employment.