College of Education & Professional Studies

About the Program:

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater LIFE (Learning is for Everyone) program will provide a complete college experience for young adults between the ages of 18-25 who have an intellectual disability. With ample supports, specialized instruction, on-campus residential living, and community integration, the program serves a critical need in our region and community. The program will have two components, which includes a Basic Program (2 years) and an Advanced Program (2 years) that are designed to facilitate independent living and employment success for persons with significant cognitive limitations. Brief highlights of the program are as follows.

Program Highlights and Goals

  • Comprehensive supports that are designed to prepare them for competitive employment and independent living to the greatest extent possible
  • Specialized instruction, with an emphasis on skills that students need in order to be successful in personal and professional endeavors
  • Expansive resident assistant supports designed to help students develop essential skills in non-academic domains
  • Expose students to a college experience, which spans far beyond traditional academics
  • Integration with multiple facets of campus life, thereby providing many inclusive opportunities and meaningful networks of support
  • Dismantles barriers and creates substantive opportunities for students with an intellectual disability
  • Prepares students to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle, including regular exercise and participation in enjoyable leisure activities

Open House

  • Friday, October 4th 8:30 am to 3 pm (check in begins at 8 am)
  • Registration Link
  • Registration Close Date: Friday, September 27th at noon
  • Schedule for the day 8 to 8:30 am = check in, 8:30 to 10 am = program overview, 10:15 to 11:30 am = group activities, 11:30 to 12:30 = lunch on your own, 12:30 to 3 pm = residence hall and campus tour

Monthly Visit Dates

  • Visit the program on one of the following dates to learn all about it, meet current students and staff, and tour campus.
    • Friday, October 18, 2019
    • Friday, November 15, 2019
    • Friday, March 13, 2020
    • Friday, April 10, 2020
    • Friday, May 8, 2020
  • Email to register. Include name, number of participants, and time frame desired.

Please contact Program Coordinator Ashlea Roselle 262-472-1905 if you have a student interested in this program.

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Students who complete this program will receive a certificate of completion, rather than a degree from the university.