Success! Supporting students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in university residence halls

“Be the Future” in higher education means leading in diversity, inclusion, and taking risks. Residential Life at the University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL) is doing just that! UMSL recently launched a postsecondary program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A unique feature of the program is fully inclusive residential living. Our presentation will explore the development and first year of the program. -Participants will have an understanding of the development process of a postsecondary program that is fully inclusive within the residential setting. -Participants will learn how to utilize partnerships on and off campus to make the program successful. -Participants will recognize how interaction in a fully inclusive program has an effect on academic and social growth of all students within the residence hall. -Participants will develop an understanding of the supports and practices (emotional, physical, social) needed for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities while navigating the campus and within the residence halls.

April Regester, Jonathan Lidgus, Sharon Spurlock, Mark Keeley, Deborah Baldini, D’Andre Braddix