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Residential Transition Program
Could Benefit SSD Graduates

SSD students transitioning from high school into the next stage in their lives may benefit from the new SUCCEED program offered at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. SUCCEED is a post-secondary program for people ages 18-25 with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Program participants can earn a Chancellor’s Certificate by completing the two-year residential program. Designed to encourage and develop pathways toward independence, SUCCEED offers an individualized approach to career development and transition toward degree-seeking programs.

“There aren’t a lot of opportunities for post-secondary education for students with developmental and intellectual disabilities,” says Ann Wilkins, teacher at SSD's Ackerman School. Wilkins has been chosen as the new director of the SUCCEED program.

The curriculum, learning activities, and internships are structured around social integration, personal development, independent living skills, and preparation for employment and/or preparation for a degree-seeking program. SUCCEED students live on campus, engage in classes that promote their individual strengths, participate in student life, and experience internship opportunities with local employers.

“This program looks at the student as a whole, based on their skills and interests,” says Wilkins. “They are not segregated. They experience the full college experience including residential housing.”

Sixteen students will be chosen for the SUCCEED program for fall 2013. 

“The type of student who will be best served is one who needs a good level of support, but has independent skills,” says Wilkins. “They have an idea of what they want to do and will develop strong skills.”

The program objectives are:

  • Specialized core classes that emphasize life and social skills, independent living, academic enrichment, and career development.
  • Career counseling and internships to help students focus on employment that matches their skills and interests.
  • On-campus living in Oak Hall supported by trained residential assistants.
  • Full integration into residential, social, and community life.
  • Collaborative partnership with St. Louis Arc, a non-profit United Way agency that provides support and services to more than 3,000 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families in the St. Louis area.
Students interested in the program should submit the required documents to the program admissions team. For more information on the SUCCEED program, visit
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Special School District of St. Louis County (SSD) is a leader in providing special education services to students with disabilities and also provides a wide range of career and technical education programs.
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