The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater LIFE (Learning is for Everyone) Program provides 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 by providing access and opportunity for students who have historically been underrepresented in higher education. The program has two components, which includes a Basic Program (2 years) and an Advanced Program (2 years) that are designed to facilitate personal growth, independent living, and employment success.
Join us for our LIFE Open House on October 7, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Bring your questions and let us show you that the UW-Whitewater LIFE Program can be right for you!
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
Prepare students for competitive employment
Prepare students for independent living
Prepare students to live a healthy & balanced lifestyle
Exposure to a complete college experience
Prepare students for competitive employment, independent living, to live a healthy & balanced lifestyle, and expose students to a complete college experience.
Licensed special educators.
Completion of LIFE application, which includes high school transcript, results from a physical examination, documentation of intellectual disability, proof of health insurance, three letters of recommendation, and a recent photo.
Students receive a certificate of completion from the university (not a degree).
Both the Basic Program and Advanced Program are 2 years
We will have a visit day Nov 12th, Jan 28th, and another in spring. Please register here to let us know you are coming. Visit Day is a morning event to help learn more about the LIFE Program. We will start the day in Winther Hall at 9:00 am with a short presentation about the LIFE Program and time to ask current students questions about their experiences. Then, we will go on a campus tour that will end near the dining hall. You are welcome to join the students for lunch.
LIFE students are eligible for Federal Financial Aid as well as the use of IRIS benefits/self-directed funds.
If students have a legal driver’s license, they are allowed to have a car on campus. Campus permits are required to park and can be purchased through parking services. More information can be found here: https://www.uww.edu/adminaffairs/parking-regulations/students.
The LIFE program is a residential program where students are required to live on-campus in a residence hall.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 262-472-1905 if you have a student interested in this program. Students who complete this program will receive a certificate of completion, rather than a degree from the university.