ACE Summer Institute: A Model Program

Students who have intellectual disabilities face an uphill battle after finishing school. Only 34% of adults with intellectual disabilities between the ages of 21-64 are employed after graduation. However, a partnership between the FSU special education program and Leon County Schools aims to address these challenges and help more individuals find meaningful employment.

On Tuesday, July 13, Jenny Root, assistant professor of special education, and Stacey Hardin, teaching faculty in the special education program, joined Florida Representative Allison Tant at the Adult Community Education (ACE) Summer Institute to talk about the partnership. This institute, which was started five years ago by Tant, helps young people with disabilities gain invaluable vocational experience, which can lead to gainful employment. It is the hope of Tant and the FSU faculty members that the institute and partnership can serve as a model for future transitional services around the state.

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