18-26 years old (must be accepted into the program by age 24)
Our goal is to provide every student in the EAGLES program with the most rewarding and beneficial postsecondary education experience. Therefore, it is important that students’ skills and interests are consistent with program requirements. Applicants to the EAGLES program must:
Have an intellectual disability that is the primary diagnosis;
An intellectual disability is a disability originating before the age of 18 that is characterized by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, problem solving) and in adaptive behavior, which covers a range of everyday social and practical skills.
An intellectual disability can be documented by:
(a) prior eligibility evidence of special education services under IDEA as a student with an intellectual disability,
(b) an evaluation and diagnosis of an intellectual disability from a psychologist or other qualified professional, or
(c) a record from a government agency (e.g., vocational rehabilitation) that identifies the intellectual disability.
Applicants must meet the criteria of having an intellectual disability as defined in the Higher Education Opportunities Act of 2008 (U.S.C. 110-315§760).
Applicants must also:
1. Demonstrate functional independence, maturity, and stability necessary for program participation;
2. Demonstrate desire and motivation to participate in a college experience to increase independence;
3. Have successfully completed a high school program receiving a diploma or exit document (e.g., certificate of high school completion, special education diploma, occupational diploma, standard diploma, modified diploma);
4. Have basic communication skills;
5. Be able to read and write approximately at a third grade level;
6. Have basic understanding of addition and subtraction;
7. Use technology (e.g., cellular phone, laptop, tablet, email) on a basic level;
8. Be able to remain unsupervised for 12 hours;
9. Be able to sit through a class period (1.5 hours);
10. Be able to participate in coursework and campus life;
11. Be able to handle changes in routine; can be flexible in fluctuating circumstances;
12. Have the potential to be successful in competitive employment situations (work experience, or volunteer experience is highly recommend prior to entering the program);
13. Have parent(s)/guardian(s) who encourage his/her independence;
14. Have no history of challenging/conduct behaviors;
15. Have skills necessary to navigate a college campus, with limited support;
16. Be independent in handling his/her own medication, specialized dietary and/or medical needs, as well as in the use of his/her own medication (Auburn University staff is not available to manage/administer medications. The EAGLES program does not take responsibility for specialized diets or medical needs.);
17. Have a cellular phone in order to access the EAGLES program staff; and
18. Participate in a mandatory, Auburn University Camp War Eagle and program orientation, as well as mandatory EAGLES social activities.