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.

                                                      Program Funding

The Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program received a five-year grant from the Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities into Higher Education (TPSID) program on October 1st of 2015, totaling approximately $1.114 million. This grant enables universities and colleges to provide educational services for students with intellectual disabilities and by receiving the TPSID grant the SDAP program will help students reach their goals of living independent and successful lives. This award represents 75 percent of the program’s cost. A university match totaling $371,578, or 25 percent of program costs, will help the university expand SDAP and support the faculty, staff and students associated with it.

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! The link is at the bottom of this page.                                   


                                                              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.

                                               Experiencing Appalachian

Watch Mieszko (an SDAP alumni) present his senior video project, to learn first-hand some of the things students are interested in and participating in as a student at Appalachian State University.

                                                              SDAP is...

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


How do I donate?