In the fall of 2005, Living Resources created a life-changing opportunity for four young women in the Capital Region. In partnership with The College of Saint Rose, Living Resources launched the College Experience Program, a two-year certificate program for people with developmental disabilities.
This collaborative project is one of the most recognized programs made possible by the Opportunities for People Through Services (OPTS) initiative begun by the New York State Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and has been driven by the enthusiasm of the participants and their families. Living Resources and The College of Saint Rose will continue to expand the program to serve more students in the coming years.
We are pleased with the success of the College Experience Program, and we are excited about the potential of the Program to be a model for other colleges in New York and beyond. In addition to the benefits for young adults with disabilities and college students directly involved in the Program, we foresee the potential for staff development initiatives, curricular connections and shared use of expertise, facilities and resources. We believe the College Experience Program models the diversity of the larger society on a college campus.
We are proud of the progress the students in the College Experience Program at Saint Rose have made toward their goals in the past year, and we look forward to the expansion of the program.