Passage USA

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PASSAGE USA, or Preparing All Students Socially and Academically for Gainful Employment, is a post-secondary education program for students diagnosed with intellectual disabilities (ID). Through person-centered planning, learning and further developing independent living skills, work skills, social skills, and self-determination, we help students achieve their personal, individualized, goals.


Students in the program will be full university campus members, which includes:

Access to campus recreation
Academic inclusion in classes
Inclusion in campus social activities


Students will not only attend inclusion and specialized classes made to help students achieve their individualized goals, but also have an internship or work experience each semester.


Students may be eligible to apply if they:

  • Are between the ages of 19 and 25
  • Have been diagnosed with an intellectual disability (ID)
  • Have functional communication, reading, and math skills
  • Are able to function independently without one-on-one assistance
  • Are not receiving special education and related services from the public schools
  • Are motivated to continue education and further develop employment and independent living skills
  • Have a Smartphone and use it for calls, texts, and email.

For full eligibility requirements please see the detailed application process.


Interested in applying as a student?

Applying for PASSAGE USA is a process, and requires several steps. To start the process, click here.


Interested in applying as a peer mentor?

If you're interested in becoming a peer mentor, start the process by clicking here.


 Donate to PASSAGE USA

If you want to donate to the Passage USA Program, click here. Donated money will be used for scholarships for students in the PASSAGE USA program.


This project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Post-Secondary Education Grant # P407A150076.