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College Living Experience, Inc.
4801 S. University Drive           
Davie, FL 33328
A residential opportunity, which helps students with special learning, needs to complete college
level coursework or vocational programming. Services include intensified tutorial assistance,
instructor liaison, independent living skills instruction, and social skills training. Students attend
colleges nearby. Apartments are within walking distance of the campuses.

Professional Assistant Center for Education (PACE)
Louis University
2840 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201
(708) 475-2670
PACE is a noncredit, non-degree, two year postsecondary program for learning disabled students.
The program prepares young adults for careers as aides in preschools or human service agencies.
In addition to professional preparation coursework, the curriculum also focuses on social skills and
independent living skills. Students receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the
program. College dormitory living is an integral part of the program.

Threshold Program         
Lesley College
29 Everett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 349-8181
Threshold is a two-year, non-degree program for young men and women, ages 18-26, who has
substantial learning disabilities. The curriculum prepares students for careers as aides in the helping
professions with young children, elderly people, or people with disabilities. In addition, students take
a series of courses to improve their social, independent living, and leisure time skills. Campus
dormitories are available. Upon graduation students receive a certificate of completion and six
college credits in vocational studies. Most enroll in the Threshold Transition Program, a third year

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which offers on-the-job support and assistance to students in independent management of their
own apartments as they venture into life in the Boston area.

Vocational Independence Program (VIP)
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Independence Hall
Central Islip, NY 11722
(516) 348-3354
VIP is a three-year, non-degree college program. Graduates receive a certificate diploma and eight
nontransferable credits from NYIT. The program goals are to develop skills necessary for living an
independent life; provide experience in a variety of selected jobs; and offer enjoyable social and
recreational experiences of college life. VIP students are full-time students at NYIT with all
privileges and opportunities (except for participating in NCAA varsity athletic teams).

Grow Program
Riverview School, Inc.
551 Rt. 6A
E. Sandwich, MA 02537

The Grow Program is sponsored by Riverview School, Inc. Independent living skills are taught in a
supportive, group home environment. Residents are employed at local businesses and receive
training in a variety of areas. Students may stay up to three years.

Center for Adaptive Learning
3350 Clayton Road, Suite A
Concord, CA 94519
(510) 827-3863
Adults 18-40 years of age learn the essentials of independent living in a program that offers
residential living and training in social skills, sensory motor training, counseling, roommate peer
counseling, cognitive retraining, and job placement. Students either work or attend local community

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college, and job coaching and tutoring are available. Apartments in the community are available,
and most are clients of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Chapel Haven, Inc.      
1040 Whalley Avenue
New Haven, CT 06515
(203) 397-1714
Chapel Haven offers participants a structured transitional residence designed to promote
independent living skills and employment. Job samplings with local employers are utilized to link the
practical academic and prevocational program with necessary job skills. Achievement of living skills
and employment goals leads to an independent living situation in the New Haven community, with
support services through the Outreach Program.

Cloister Creek Educational Center Inc.
P.O. BOX 80310          
1280 Highway 138 SW
Conyers, GA 30208
(404) 483-0748

Cloister Creek is a nonprofit residential school designed to meet the special education needs of
young adults age 17-22 whose learning difficulties have affected their ability to function
independently. In a family-style home, students work to improve basic academic, social, and
independent living skills. Counseling in both groups and individual settings is provided, as well as
pre-vocational and job readiness counseling. Students are assisted to find jobs and are given the
necessary support to make it a positive experience.

Jespy House
65 Academy Street       
South Orange, NJ 07079
(201) 762-6909

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Jespy House provides young adults with the opportunity to Eve in a supervised apartment setting
and develop basic life skills, social skills, latent abilities, and independence. Residents are placed in
the local job market upon arrival at the program, and supervision is provided by a vocational

Berkshire Center
P.O. Box 160
Lee, MA 01238
(413) 243-2576
The Berkshire Center is an independent living program for LD adults ages 18-30. The program
offers full clinical services, vocational training, the opportunity to earn a GED or to on to college,
and a residential program. The program also includes a major travel experience each year. Twelve
apartments are available (singles and with roommates). Residents receive training in supervised
apartments and participate In paid or voluntary job placements.

Beacon College           
105 E Main Street
Leesburg, FL 34748
Beacon College is known nationally as the only four-year college exclusively serving students with
learning disabilities and AD/HD. The College provides a quality undergraduate education that is
supplemented by appropriate accommodations and support services. Beacon currently serves a
diverse student body from approximately 21 different states. About 40 percent of students have
attended another college or university prior to enrolling at Beacon. The average age of our
students is currently 21

Camphill Soltane
224 Nantmeal Rd
Glennmore, PA 19343

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Camphill Soltane is a residential learning community, where ongoing education takes place through
community living, classroom study, work opportunities both on and off campus, and participation in
a variety of artistic, cultural, and recreational activities. A culture of self-advocacy helps each
person to speak for him or herself as a self-determining individual.

Circle of Friends (College Misericordia)
301 Lake Street
Dallas, PA 18612

An innovative and unique program that provides integrated living and non-credit learning
experiences for young women with developmental disabilities on a college campus. This is
accomplished through customized educational, career exploration, social, volunteer, cultural and
spiritual activities provided and supported by the faculty, students and administration of College
Misericordia, Dallas, Pennsylvania.

Curry College (PAL Program)                
1071 Blue Hill Ave
Milton, MA 02186
Curry College is an internationally recognized Program for Advancement of Learning (PAL) and is a
structured support program providing assistance to bright college-able students with specific learning
disabilities or AD/HD. PAL has been widely recognized as the country’s first college program of its
kind and for its leadership role over the years. Since inception, PAL had focused on providing
comprehensive, strength-based support to students in a proactive environment.

Hiram G. Andrew Center                     
727 Goucher Street
Johnstown, PA 15905
At the Hiram G. Andrews Center, education is not confined to the classroom. While the majority of
a student's time and attention is focused on education and training, job skills are only part of the

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learning experience. A continuum of support services ranging from vocational evaluation and career
exploration to independent living skills combines to offer our students the skills they will need to
live, work and contribute in the community. This variety of services also enables the individual to
examine personal behavior and make positive changes in preparing for entry-level employment.

Horizon School            
2081 15th Ave
Birmingham, AL 35205
Curriculum is designed to prepare young adults with learning disabilities and mild learning problems
to live self-sufficient, fulfilling lives by offering practical lessons in life, career development, and
friendships. This nondegree program offers students a peer experience and helps equip them to
face the challenges of living on their own. To become a valuable and contributing member of the
community, young people should be given the necessary tools to successfully set and achieve their

Landmark College                   
River Road South
Putney, VT 05346
Landmark College is one of the only accredited colleges in the United States designed exclusively
for students with dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), or other specific learning
disabilities. Why does Landmark's approach succeed? Because we take a different path. We teach
the skills and strategies necessary for success in college and the workforce. Here at Landmark, you
learn how to learn, and this knowledge helps you become more confident and independent.

Life Development Institute         
18001 N. 79th Ave. Suite E-71
Glendale, AZ 85308

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LDI is a nonprofit private organization based in Glendale, Arizona, provides a supportive
residential community that gives individuals the education, skills and training they need to live
independently. By offering our programs in a residential environment, we give students a chance
to learn independence, and instill in them a desire to succeed. LDI can help individuals through
each level of their transition to independence– from earning their high school and post secondary
diplomas to achieving careers that will utilize their unique capabilities.

Strive U                                  

28 Foden Rd

South Portland, ME 04016


STRIVE U provides post-secondary education and training to young adults with developmental
disabilities in the realms of residential, employment, and community skills with the goal of enabling
its graduates to live and work as full community members with maximum independence,
productivity, and dignity.

Montgomery County Community College                

Central Campus                             West Campus

340 DeKalb Pike                                     101 College Drive

Blue Bell PA 19422                                  Pottstown, PA 19464

215-641-6300                                        610-718-1800

Vista Vocational Life Skills Center       

1356 Old Clinton Rd

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Westbrook, CT


Vista is a unique, community-based educational program for young adults with neurological
disabilities. We offer vocational training, life skills instruction, counseling and support services
designed to enable our students to succeed in work and to live independently.

The PAVE Program                           

PO Box 85622

Richmond, VA 23285


 The Program for Adults in Vocational Education (PAVE) is a vocational training program for
 adults with mental disabilities, including mild mental retardation, severe learning disabilities, and
 emotional disabilities. The overall purpose of PAVE is to provide post-secondary training
 programs that incorporate functional academic instruction, job skills training, and community-
 based internships. Successful completion of Career Studies Certificate program can lead to
 effective work skills and increased success and confidence.

 Riverview School (G.R.O.W. Program)

 551 Rt 6A

 East Sandwich, MA 02537


G.R.O.W. (Getting Ready for the Outside World) is Riverview’s 10 month post-secondary
component (1 to 3 years) for students who have completed our secondary school (or a similar
program), and is designed to provide students with the skills that will assist them in functioning
more independently within the adult world. In order to offer individuals appropriate opportunities to

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develop academically, socially and emotionally, there are three defined phases of G.R.O.W. Each
phase serves as a bridge to the next, building on proficiencies a student has already demonstrated.

Minnesota Life College                   
7501 Logan Ave, Suite 2A
Richfield, MN 55423

Minnesota Life College is a three year postsecondary, life-skills training program for young adults
with learning disabilities. Independent Living and Employment Readiness are at the heart of MLC’s
unique program; other key curriculum areas include: Decision-Making for Success, Social Skills
Development, and Fitness and Wellness. MLC helps each student reach for his/her full potential by
providing direct, professional instruction in a safe, easily accessible urban campus.

Berkshire Hills Music Academy                     
South Hadley, MA 01075

This two-year program assists young adults (ages 18-30) with special learning needs in the
transition to greater independence through an integrated curriculum of academic, practical, pre-
vocational, and musical studies. The program gives a choice of two career tracks, preparing
students for work as Aides, using music, in child and elder care services, or as performing
Musicians in a wide array of venues.

NYIT New York Institute of Technology             
VIP ­ Vocational Independence Program
Central Islip, NY 11722
Contact: David Finkelstein

3-4 year program – Degree or Certificate - for students ages 18-21 with learning difficulties.

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Students may enter either the Vocational Certificate Program, which encourages independence
through vocational education, or the Degree Program, which guides students through regular NYIT
academic majors. The VIP program offers 20 vocational majors—including culinary arts, travel and
tourism, fashion retail and cosmetology. In addition, the program provide intensive coursework in
independent living, social and academic skills

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