Informational meeting on UCF's new program for students with unique abilities
Live Oak Center on the UCF campus
April 16, 2015
Welcome, everyone, to the University of Central Florida for important news about an initiative that will address a compelling need in our community. And a big Knights hello to viewers online.
Thanks for attending this historic session. I join Maribeth in commending members of the Inclusive Education Committee and its chair Dr. Adam Meyer for their thoughtful work. And a special “thank you” to Camille Gardiner, Julie Thrasher, Darla Olive Talley, and Ed Lipton for their leadership as parents of students with unique abilities, and to the other parents, family advocates, and supporters who are helping to turn dreams into reality at UCF.Together, we are designing a national-model program to allow young men and women with intellectual disabilities to attend classes and to participate fully in the college life of Florida’s most popular university.
Remarkable progress can result when people of common cause collaborate. UCF prides itself on being America’s leading partnership university, and we are pleased to work with many community partners in launching this life-changing initiative.
Together, we are designing a national-model program to allow young men and women with intellectual disabilities to attend classes and to participate fully in the college life of Florida’s most popular university.
Starting this fall at UCF, qualifying students will be fully immersed in the college experience. They will develop life skills, career tools, and the independence they need for a fulfilling future.
As our efforts unfold, we will expand the scope of our program and serve as a national leader in the training of educators and other professionals who are devoted to the success of these deserving students.
As our plans materialize for a bold new campus in downtown Orlando, students with unique abilities will enjoy the expanded opportunities on that campus, as well.
UCF stands for opportunity, and we endeavor to provide access to the transforming power of higher education to as many students and families as we are able. We look forward to launching our new initiative this fall, and to expanding it in the future.
Thank you for supporting our efforts. I hope you find this session to be informative, encouraging, and beneficial.
God bless you all.
Dr. Dale Whittaker, UCF president-elect and executive vice president, will succeed UCF President John Hitt on July 1. Learn more about President-Elect Whittaker's plans and aspirations for America's Partnership University as he prepares to become UCF's 5th president. Also, see the full story about Dr. Whittaker's appointment and learn more about UCF's next president.