SDAP aims to prepare college aged students with intellectual disabilities for personal growth and occupational success. The goal upon completion of the two year program is that students are able to obtain gainful employment that is meaningful to them.

The SDA Program is completely inclusive. This means that:

  • SDA Program scholars attend their courses with other university students.
  • SDA Program scholars attend concerts, ball games, and other campus activities with other university students.
  • SDA Program scholars have full access to all university programs and services.

The SDA Program is person centered. This means that:

  • SDA Program scholars determine their academic, career, personal, and social goals througout their enrollment in the SDA Program.
  • SDA Program scholars determine the amount of supports they need to be successful.
  • There is no set curriculum.

The SDA Program is mutually beneficial. This means that:

  • SDA Program scholars help teach other students about intellectual disabilities.
  • SDA Program scholars help professors develop universal design for learning strategies to meet their students' needs.

The SDA Program is a Comprehensive Transition Postsecondary (CTP) program. This means that:

  • Scholars are eligible for FAFSA, or financial aid
  • Scholars are eligible for work study programs on campus

If you would like to help with supporting the program, you can donate to the foundation fund that helps with scholarships, SDAP specific services and activities for students! Please contact Gina Harwood, Director of Development for the Reich College of Education, at 828-262-6563 or give online by clicking here.     


Come visit campus for Fall and Spring Open House!  Go to Appalachian's Admissions page for dates in September and April. Contact us for specific details about visiting SDAP during those days.