Congratulations Class of 2014!

Nine accomplished graduates who have been supported by Beyond Academics while at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro marched in today’s commencement ceremony at the Greensboro Coliseum! In his address entitled Roller Coaster, commencement speaker Dominick Amendum (Class of ’01)  shared with the graduates and audience “Do what you love and keep fear in its place.” Congratulations to these nine students who have had the opportunities to face their fears and discover what they are truly passionate about while here at UNCG!

Recently Featured on WGHP Fox 8

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Beyond Academics recently contributed to a news story with WGHP Fox 8 centered around diversity and inclusion. UNCG is well-known as an inclusive, collaborative, and responsive institution making a difference in the lives of students and the communities it serves. Currently, fifty students at UNCG that are receiving support from Beyond Academics have access to academic courses, student services and student housing at UNCG. See the full story at http://myfox8.com/2014/02/24/beyond-academics-program-helps-students-with-disabilities-at-uncg/.

2013 NC State Employees Combined Campaign

Beyond Academics is a proud participant in the 2013 North Carolina State Employees Combined Campaign. North Carolina state employees may designate a gift to Beyond Academics by payroll deduction or credit card through the NC SECC website . If you wish to pledge by cash or check, you must complete a Pledge form and submit to your solicitor. Beyond Academics’ SECC Code is 1844. Additional information about how to donate can be found at www.ncsecc.org/donate.

2013 Integrative Community Studies commencement

UNCG Integrative Community Studies will hold its commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 7. The public is invited to attend the event at 9:30 a.m. in Aycock Auditorium.

Integrative Community Studies (ICS) students attend UNCG through the Beyond Academics program, an inclusive post-secondary education option for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. During their four years at the university, ICS students work to earn course credits and meet requirements in the areas of community inclusion, self-determination, and independent living, with a particular focus on developing meaningful career plans.

Graduating students receive ICS certificates from the UNCG Office of Undergraduate Studies. UNCG ICS certification indicates that students are prepared for 21st century jobs and engagement in civic, social, and personal responsibilities that will improve the communities in which they live.

Dr. Patricia Porter will deliver the 2013 UNCG Integrative Community Studies commencement address. Dr. Porter served fourteen years as Chief of the Developmental Disability Services Section of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Over her tenure, North Carolina experienced the greatest growth in community programs and services for persons with developmental disabilities in the history of the state, far exceeding the national average. Dr. Porter, who has also served as Clinical Director of the Center for Disorders of Development and Learning at The University of North Carolina School of Medicine, holds a Ph.D. in Special Education with an emphasis in Human Services Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For more information, contact Eric Marshburn, Office of Comprehensive Transition & Postsecondary Education, UNCG, at ericmarshburn@uncg.edu or 336.334.3905.

For an in-depth article about the programs, check out the 2011 UNCG Magazine issue.

Upcoming Event: InFocus Photography Advocacy Exhibit

On Tuesday, April 9th at 7:00 The Green Bean Coffeehouse will host an event featuring InFocus, an advocacy-photography program that empowers individuals with and without disabilities to share their voices through the use of photography, in partnership with UNCG and The Arc of Greensboro. For more information on the event, visit http://infocus.uncg.edu/wordpress/.

2nd Annual NC Postsecondary Education Alliance Capacity-Building Summit: Leading the Way

Learn about NC’s inclusive postsecondary education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and how we can expand PSE opportunities across the state.

Register Now! 

Registration closes February 25th. Space is limited!

National Keynote Speakers 

::  Stephan Hamlin-Smith, Executive Director of AHEAD (Association of Higher Education and Disability) “The Next Frontier: PSE Possibilities”

::  Cate Weir, Coordinator of Think College, Institute for Community Inclusion, UMASS. “PSE Success Through National Standards”

North Carolina PSE options  ::  Highlights of the nine current NC PSE options presented by representatives: students, faculty, support staff, and others.

Reception  ::  Special recognition presented to Representative Verla Inkso. Celebrate all nine PSE options—visit their booths and learn their stories. Featuring musician Chris Hendricks.

Planning opportunity  ::  Tools and technical assistance for developing or expanding a PSE option; offer input for an option in your area.

Breakout sessions  ::  Explore issues and resources related to building collaboration around PSE; learn/share  specifics at “how-to” sessions.

Visit the UNC Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities website for more details: http://cidd.unc.edu/psea/

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