EAGLES is a comprehensive transition program for students with intellectual disabilities. The program provides a post-secondary education opportunity for students with intellectual disabilities to engage in a two-year (four-semester) or four-year (eight-semester) residential campus program. It is a non-degree program focusing on (1) academic enrichment, (2) personal and social skills, (3) independence, (4) health and wellness, and (5) integrated work experiences. Students in the program receive an inclusive post-secondary education providing them with an enriching and rewarding Auburn experience as they prepare for life now and in the future with the goal of transitioning to employment and independent living upon completion of the basic or advanced program.
The EAGLES program curriculum includes Auburn University credit-bearing courses, as well as program courses focused on improving students’ independent living and employment outcomes. Students in the program take a minimum of 12 hours each semester, as well as inclusive program courses, work-based training experiences and placements, personal training, and participate in many other activities that align with the mission and vision of the program.
- Goal One: Students in the EAGLES program will improve their academic performance and acquire knowledge in areas of interest related to their employment goals through Auburn University and EAGLES-specific courses and work experiences.
- Goal Two: Students in the EAGLES program will improve their personal and social skills to help them prepare to gain and maintain employment and advocate for their needs.
- Goal Three: Students in the EAGLES program will improve and increase their independent living skills to help them learn to live as independently as possible in the community.
- Goal Four: Students in the EAGLES program will improve and further develop their employment skills to help them successfully transition to employment that is aligned with their interests, skills, and preferences, within 90 days of completing the program.
The program began in the fall semester of 2018. The next application window for the 2022 cohort will open in the summer of 2021.