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UL LIFE Program

Where We Believe Learning is for Everyone

The UL LIFE Program is a highly personalized program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. By combining academic, social, and career development skills at the college level, young adults with intellectual disabilities can become thriving members of our community.

Our LIFE courses, combined with college-level courses for the students to audit, all center around the practice of learning by doing. We work closely with each student to customize their courses and college experience so they are prepared for a career they love. Our academic mentors accompany each student every step of the way, including going to class, modifying in-class assignments, and providing support for out-of-class assignments and homework.

About the Program

The UL LIFE Program offers a Basic 2-year program that incorporates functional academics, independent daily living skills, employment, social/leisure skills, and health/wellness skills in a public university setting with the goal of producing self-sufficient young adults. Acceptance to the UL LIFE Program is ultimately decided by the admissions team based on the individual's academic, social, communication, and career needs. 

In addition, the UL LIFE Program offers an Advanced 4-year program for students who  demonstrate the ability to safely navigate certain areas on campus independently, sustain employment, and socially integrate during the Basic program. The Advanced program progresses with an emphasis on workplace experience, community integration, and independent academic time with transitionally reduced supports. Students who successfully complete the Basic or Advanced program will receive a corresponding award of completion. Upon completion of their first year in the LIFE Program, the UL LIFE Staff will make the final decision on whether or not an invitation is extended to a student based on the individual's academic, social, communication, and career needs.

The UL LIFE Program has three major components: academic growth, career development, and community involvement. 

Academic Growth

LIFE students participate in functional academic classes within the LIFE program as well as audit general university courses in their area of interest. The entire program is driven by the importance of meaningful employment for the LIFE students. Their academic courses are chosen and taught to better prepare them as they enter the workforce. Students audit at least one university courses each semester.

At program completion students will receive Basic or Advanced award of completion. This award shows that students have completed the requirements in university courses, LIFE courses, employment training, and community integration. 

Learn more about the courses, tuition, and graduation expectations.

Career Development

All LIFE students receive career instruction throughout their time in the program. Students begin their first semester by taking a career exploration course taught by LIFE staff.  All LIFE students, whether in the basic or advanced program, will begin their on-campus internship the fourth semester. Students who qualify for the advanced program continue their internship the remaining two years, developing more skills and gaining more independence in the workplace. Students are accompanied to their internship by a Job Coach. 

Community Involvement

Lafayette, Louisiana is a unique community that embraces different cultures. It is important that our students become involved in this diverse community and find their own special way to contribute. We require LIFE students to spend a certain amount of time each month outside of school volunteering, taking classes, or participating in community events. 

Interested in becoming a LIFE mentor?

NEW APPLICANTS: Download and complete the application and reference forms. Please do not turn in application and forms until your schedule is finalized.

CURRENT MENTORS: Download and complete the current mentor application forms. Please do not turn in application and forms until your schedule is finalized.

YOU MUST ATTEND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TRAINING SESSIONS. This includes past and current mentors! Both will take place in the Magnolia Room in the Union:

January 10th at 1:30 p.m.
OR
January 10th at 3:30 p.m.

Questions? E-mail lifementors@louisiana.edu

Application Process

The window for review of applications for the 2017-2018 school year is now closed. Please visit the website again this summer for more information about the 2018-2019 application process.