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ImpactU is an immersive, 2-year, post-secondary program for adults aged 18-24 with a range of intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program prepares students for employability in a career path, and increases their independent living skills. Students graduate with a Certificate of Applied Learning and a resume of work experiences.
Concordia’s ImpactU students live in the dorms on our small, safe campus, and participate in all aspects of student life. They go to class, eat in the dining hall, perform community service, work in internships and paid jobs, and enjoy the student-centered atmosphere of our small, faith-based college. The program encourages social and emotional growth while building skills in problem-solving, decision-making and self-advocacy. And of course, ImpactU graduates become lifelong Clippers – a valued part of Concordia’s close-knit alumni community.
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A College Experience
ImpactU was developed in partnership with Bethesda College, a program offered through Bethesda Lutheran Communities, a Christian organization and a national leader in providing support to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities to help them live the lives they want.
Who is the program designed for?
The program is designed for students aged 18-24 with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These may be neurologically-based, including autism. At this time, the program can only accommodate students who are ambulatory and sighted. Students with disabilities who have demonstrated the potential to earn a traditional college degree may be interested in Concordia Connection.
What do students gain from the program?
The program is designed to produce the following outcomes:
Why is Concordia College a good fit for a program like ImpactU?
Concordia is a small, faith-based college located in the safe and beautiful community of Bronxville, NY. We are proudly diverse, with a nurturing, student-centered ethos. The ImpactU program falls within the college’s Education Division, and benefits from the active engagement of the division’s faculty and student body.
What are the criteria for admission?
What qualities will make a student a good fit?
Students will benefit most from the program if they have a desire to learn how to be more independent, and the motivation to work. Successful students will have the ability to navigate their way around our small campus once it becomes familiar to them, and demonstrate a basic level of judgement with regard to safety issues.
Does the program offer an option to commute?
Living on campus is an important component of the ImpactU program, so commuting is not permitted. With the appropriate support the program provides, dorm life gives students invaluable opportunities to practice independence and build confidence in their newfound abilities.
What is the application process?
Separate personal interviews are required for prospective students and their parents. Required submissions include: