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STRIVE U grants admission to students whose academic credentials, scholastic achievement, and personal motivation demonstrate a promise of success in its academic programs.
STRIVE U is a complete program not found anywhere else. STRIVE U is the only program in the nation for young adults with developmental disabilities that combines all four program areas of residential living, employment, transition, and post-secondary education. It is inclusive, comprehensive, and groundbreaking.
Students admitted to STRIVE U will meet the following requirements:
Be 18 years of age by the year of admission and no older than 25 by the year of admission
Must meet eligibility guidelines established by the Department of Health and Human Services for the State of Maine for intellectual disability:
Significantly sub-average intellectual functioning means a person scores 70 or below on a standard intelligence test.
Impairments in adaptive behavior means not being able to do things that most others of the same age do.
Manifested during the developmental period means occurring before age 22.
Produce three letters of recommendation, one from a teacher, one from an employer, and one personal (excluding relatives).
Student must be his/her own guardian by the start of the residential program.
Be able to complete his/her own application working as independently as possible.
Agree to participate in an interview process.
Agree to actively participate in an independent living skills assessment and any other required assessments, and meet the criteria established by STRIVE U.
Have completed their Individual Education Plan (IEP) under IDEA at a certified secondary school.
Be able to provide STRIVE U with a high school transcript or equivalent.
Received a High School Diploma, Certificate of Completion, or equivalent from a certified secondary school.
Demonstrate an interest in possessing educational, employment, and life experiences that are necessary to attain substantial independence upon graduation from STRIVE U.
Have a proved ability to learn and participate in classroom situations and professional work settings.
Be willing to abide by all the rules and policies set forth by STRIVE U – available upon request
Meet immunization requirements for STRIVE U
Student and family must consent to being filmed, videotaped, interviewed and/or quoted in media and publications
Four Cornerstones of STRIVE U:
Independent Living in the Community
For more information, please contact Bill Hughes at (207) 774-6278 ext. 210 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org