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Project Panther PLUS

Eligibility Criteria

Students in the Project Panther PLUS program at Florida International University will be deemed eligible upon meeting the following criteria:

  • Be at least 22 years of age (age limitation: 24 at beginning of program)
  • Have a documented Intellectual Disability (ID)
  • One (1) year of paid employment or equivalent time spent in work experience that demonstrates a commitment to employment.
  • Desire and ability to commit to participating in a two (2) year university-based transition program
  • Initiated Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) process
  • Exhibit a need and a desire for greater independence
  • Be interested and capable of using public transportation or other forms of transportation (e.g., STS) to access the program independently 
  • Be able to communicate effectively and appropriately with others (e.g., project personnel, university students, professors)
  • Be interested and able to participate in an on-campus and off-campus, supported Independent Living Experience (to take place during the student’s second academic year)
  • Be able to cover costs associated with program participation, including tuition, program and university fees, books, training materials, and independent living expenses
  • Display a level of social maturity conducive to a university environment
  • Be able to maintain appropriate personal self-care and hygiene
  • Have own cell phone before entering the program, so program personnel can maintain consistent contact
  • Will benefit from participation in a variety of on-campus and community internship experiences
  • Have a desire to work competitively at the successful completion of the program
  • Must consent to being photographed, videotaped, interviewed, and/or quoted in media and publications
  • Understand that Project Panther PLUS would like for students to participate in future research studies so that the effectiveness of this postsecondary transition program can be evaluated