SDAP prepares college-aged students with intellectual disabilities for personal growth and occupational success. The goal upon completion of the two-year program is that students obtain competitive, integrated employment and live independent, fulfilling lives. 


SDAP is completely inclusive

  • Students attend their courses with other university students.
  • Students attend campus and community activities with other university students.
  • Students have full access to university programs and services.

SDAP is person-centered

  • Students determine their academic, career, personal, and social goals throughout their enrollment in SDAP.
  • Students determine the number of supports they need to be successful.
  • There is no set curriculum, so the students can pick the courses that are the best fit for their goals.

SDAP is mutually beneficial

  • All students benefit from an inclusive campus community. 
  • Diverse learners create engaged and meaningful learning experience for all those involved with the program, aligning with the university's mission and vision.

SDAP is a comprehensive transition and postsecondary (CTP) program.

  • Students may be eligible for financial aid. 
  • To learn more about financial aid benefits for CTP programs, visit the FAFSA website.

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! Give online by clicking here, or contact Gina Harwood, Director of Development for the Reich College of Education, at 828-262-6563.     

Visit & Learn More

App State hosts two Open Houses a Year! Go to Appalachian's Admissions page for dates in Fall and Spring. Contact us for specific details for SDAP-specific activities on those days.