Students enrolled in ICS engage in a hybrid-model design that engages students in the study of life planning, self-determination, and career development. Students engage in coursework within the ICS department, as well as other departments across campus. Students are also involved in many co-curricular activities with their degree-seeking peers from across many departments on campus and in the community.
The ICS office asks that interested applicants reflect on their personal desire to develop skills in self-determination, independent living, and career development when considering this program of study. While the support of families and support networks is also important, the number one indicator of success is a perspective student’s internal motivation for attending college.
The ICS Office also acknowledges the complex decisions regarding legal guardianship that many families experience as their family member attains the age of 18. We encourage all families to consider alternatives to legal guardianship, and recommend this Think College brief for more information about decision-making options for young adults with intellectual disabilities.