In 2018, five students who dreamed of going to college in Oklahoma had their wish granted by an innovative program funded by LeadLearnLive. The organization partnered with Northeastern State University to begin the RiverHawks Scholar Program which was the first inclusive college program in Oklahoma for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. That program is now in its third year with 17 students who are pursuing their dream of attending college.
Now the organization wishes to expand these programs - and serve more students - by partnering with Oklahoma State University. LeadLearnLive’s mission is to establish, raise awareness and support degree and/or certificate inclusive post-secondary education programs for students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Oklahoma.
The programs are modeled after other successful and nationally recognized programs with proven track records of increased independence and positive employment outcomes such as REACH at the College of Charleston and ClemsonLIFE at Clemson University. LeadLearnLive says a critical component of the comprehensive programs include four pillars which will help students integrate into all aspects of campus life including: Independent Living, Social Skills, Academic and Career Development.
The new program with OSU will begin as soon as funding is available and will focus on students who do not have the option of attending college in Oklahoma due to supports they require. It will also follow best practice models as well as including two-year non-degree programs: Certificate Program and Advanced Certificate Program. Learn more about LeadLearnLive by visiting their website.