Website: University Participant (UP) Program



The Arc of Haywood County, in collaboration with Western Carolina University’s (WCU) special education program, developed a model program for young adults with developmental disabilities to experience university life and learning. The UP program is designed to provide a one-year to two-year, on-campus living and learning experience for persons with developmental disabilities between the ages of 18 and 22. The goal of the program is to facilitate the transition of participants from secondary school to adult life in the areas of education, employment, and independent living. During the one to two year period, participants are expected to complete requirements for receiving a UP Certificate of Accomplishment based on successful completion of an Individual Plan for College Participation.


Submitted by The Arc of Haywood County.