Quick Facts

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Rationale for Program

  • 66,000 college-age (18-26) individuals with intellectual disability (ID) in California
  • Poor employment outcomes for Californians with ID
    • 3% of adults with ID receive a living wage working side-by-side with typical peers
  • >90% of adults with ID live in poverty
  • Young adults with ID express largely same hopes and goals as their typically developing peers
  • UC Davis Redwood SEED Scholars Program is designed to improve these outcomes and serve as a model for other campuses in California
  • First of its kind in California

Program Basics

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  • Partnership between the MIND Institute and Office of DEI
  • 4-year, non-degree program
  • 12 students enrolled per year
  • Individualized for each student
  • Combination of UC Davis “regular” courses and program-specific courses
  • Inclusive residential option
  • Inclusion in UC Davis extracurriculars
  • Internship options at UC Davis, UC Davis Health, state government, local businesses, Fortune 500 companies
  • Supports for success
    • Undergraduate peer mentors and tutors
    • Training of participating UC
  • Davis faculty in inclusive practices and universal design
    • Training of housing staff, food service staff, police in inclusive practices
    • Behavior and education consultants to teach and support mentors, tutors, faculty, staff

Program Funding

  • U.S. Department of Education, Model Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities Program (TPSID – CFDA 84.407A)
    • $2.1 million (total costs, 8% F&A, 2020-2025)
  • MIND Institute and Office of DEI in-kind - $100,000+
    • Philanthropy - $500,000 5-year pledge
    • Ongoing target of philanthropy (Program in Adult Transition and Independence)
  • Students pay tuition, fees, room and board, health insurance

Download UC Davis Redwood SEED Scholars Program Fact Sheet