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After graduating from VCU program, young people with intellectual disabilities find employment and fulfilling, independent lives

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - Five out of five students with intellectual disabilities who graduated from VCU ACE-IT in College this spring have found jobs in their career areas of interest. Troy Carter, a 20-year-old from Henrico County with an intellectual disability, was told in high school that attending college was likely out of the question, and that his future career options would be limited. But Carter knew he wanted more out of life. He applied to Virginia Commonwealth University’s ACE-IT in College program for students with intellectual disabilities. In ACE-IT, Carter and his classmates took VCU classes, worked on campus in part-time jobs and participated in internships - all with the goal of securing employment in each of their individual areas of interest.

Interns with disabilities set to graduate from job training programs across Virginia

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - The program is aimed toward providing job and social skills to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who otherwise might have a hard time finding employment. Since 2008, more than 700 high school students have participated in Project SEARCH in Virginia. This year, 150 students will graduate from programs at 17 job sites around the state.

With help of VCU program, high school students with disabilities gain valuable workplace experience at Richmond hotel

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - Battle is one of eight Richmond Public Schools students with disabilities who are taking part in a new program called Start on Success that is coordinated by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center’s Center on Transition Innovations, part of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education. The program teaches job skills to high school students with disabilities who are pursuing a standard high school diploma and then places them into paid internships with local businesses.

The Path to Higher Education With an Intellectual Disability

Monday, May 1, 2017 - The ACE-IT in College Program at Virginia Commonwealth University was started thanks to a TIPSID grant and is focused on preparing students with intellectual disabilities for the workforce. “We want to make sure that they are really looking to heighten their career awareness and what they would like to be doing,” said Elizabeth Getzel, the program’s director. “We see employment as a gateway to getting into the employment sector, but also for being in arenas where there’s opportunity for growth and movement up, just like anyone.”

Program provides students with intellectual disabilities an inclusive college experience at VCU

Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 - Ever since he was in middle school in Chesterfield County, Teddy Robbins dreamed of one day getting the opportunity to attend college. But Robbins was enrolled in special education classes in middle and high school, so he figured his chances of getting into college weren’t great. “I’d always wanted to go to college,” he said, “but I didn’t think it was going to ever happen.” During his senior year of high school, however, Robbins heard about a program at Virginia Commonwealth University, called ACE-IT in College, that provides students with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to attend classes at VCU, work in a job and participate in all aspects of the college experience.

In memory of CTI Advisory Council member Dr. Bill Bosher

Bill Bosher was bigger than life, always with a warm greeting, always remembering to ask something about you, and above all an extraordinary educator. The Commonwealth was fortunate to have his leadership and we, in the Richmond area and especially at VCU, were so fortunate to have his personality, passion, wisdom, and guidance. I think we were all shocked and stunned to hear that one so many of us felt close to was taken away so suddenly. When I saw the initial headline, I thought it was a mistake, not the Bill Bosher who I had just seen and spoken with a short while back. Bill always remembered his roots, he was incredibly wise and intuitive and truly understood all aspects of education: instruction, service delivery, personnel, policy, the law, parents, education and training....he knew it all. What a terrific model he has been for so many. While we may not have his presence physically among us, his spirit and legacy will stand forever. – Dr. Paul Wehman
Read Michael Rao, Ph.D., VCU's President- Remembering Bill Bosher

Wehman: Autism and (un)employment

Dr. Paul Wehman commented in an article in the Richmond Times Dispatch on the misunderstanding that surrounds people with autism — a condition the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported is identified in 1 in 68 children. Paul Wehman, Ph.D. is a professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation with joint appointments in the departments of Rehabilitation Counseling and Special Education and Disability Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Promoting College Access and Success For Students with Disabilities

Elizabeth Evans Getzel, Director of the Center on Transition Innovations, provided testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions about promoting college access and success for students with disabilities.

Students with disabilities ACE-IT at VCU - VCU places students with disabilities in standard classes

The VCU ACE-IT in College program was featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch in February, 2014.