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ACE @ RI College - A College Experience for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

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The purpose of ACE is to give young adults with intellectual disabilities an inclusive college experience that offers: Related Resources


Application Process

Application forms for Fall 2013 will be available in January 2013.
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ACE Calendar

Late June College Orientation
Mid August Person-Centered Planning
Late August Course Registration
  Meeting with Course Professor
Late August/September Classes Begin
Mid September Internship Begins
Mid December Semester Ends
January Community Activities
  Course Registration
  Meeting with Course Professor
Late January Classes Begin
February Internship Begins
Early May Classes End
Mid May Semester Ends

ACE Outcomes

Outcomes How will the outcome be achieved?
Student identifies interests and selects experiences that expand and broaden those interests. Student develops a life plan.
  • Student has a Person-Centered Plan
  • Plan identifies academic, recreational, and career interests and goals
  • Student meets monthly with an advisor to discuss plan
Student participates in 12-18 credits of academic courses over two years. Student gains knowledge in both general areas of knowledge and student's specific interests.
  • Student chooses RIC courses that address both general knowledge and the student's interests
  • Student is supported by a teacher (one teacher per four students)
  • Once courses are selected, the student, the supporting teacher, and the professor meet to make decisions about accommodations, grading, and assignments
  • Student takes one course the first semester and one or two courses each subsequent semester
Student participates fully in student life at Rhode Island College. Student gains social and recreational skills.
  • Student is registered as a RIC student
  • Student has a peer student mentor for 8-10 hours per week
  • Student participates in RIC student activities: clubs, recreational activities, arts, and other events
Student gains community skills
  • Student spends time in the community developing skills in areas identified through the person-centered plan
  • Supports are provided by either the teacher or the peer mentor
Student explores career opportunities through on-campus and off-campus internships. Student chooses a career and pursues related employment opportunities.
  • Student participates in four internships - one per semester. Each internship lasts 6-8 hours per week for twelve weeks
  • Internships are selected based on the person-centered plan
  • Employment Specialists provide job development and job coaching support (one employment specialist per four students)
  • Student is guided in selecting a career path and applying to the Office of Rehabilitation Services and the Division of Developmental Disabilities for ongoing supports.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long are students involved in ACE?
ACE is a two-year course of study.

What schedule does ACE follow?
ACE follows the Rhode Island College (RIC) academic calendar. Each semester's schedule may be different. Each student's class and internship schedules determine the specific hours each semester.

Who funds the ACE program?
The costs related to ACE may be funded by a student's local school district for students who still receive transition services after age 18 (through the IEP process). Funding may also be paid directly by an individual or family. The cost of ACE at RIC will include:

How do students get to campus?
Students must arrange for their own transportation to and from RIC. Students may access public transportation, or the local school district may arrange for transportation.

What if a student has medical needs?
Arrangements for personal care attendants, medical treatments, nursing care and/or medical equipment are the responsibility of the student. ACE staff does not administer medications or medical treatments.

Contact Information

Claire Rosenbaum
Sherlock Center / RI College
401-456-4732 Direct Line
401-456-8072 Main Line

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