School: Penn Yan
District: Penn Yan Central School District
Grade Level: 1-4
Region: Mid-West (RFF contact)
Rural District servicing a 175 mile radius.
21.9% of children living in poverty.
13% student with disability classification.
Free & Reduced Lunch: 47%
Racial & Ethnic
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
Asian or Pacific Islander
Video: Diversity, Responsibility, Inclusion, Vision, and Experiential
The DRIVE program is designed to serve the needs of 18-21 year old
students with disabilities who have developmental delays by providing an
opportunity to pursue their long-term adult outcomes (LTAO) on the
campus of Keuka College. This program is a collaborative effort between
the Penn Yan School District, Yates County ARC, and Keuka College.
Offer age appropriate and inclusive educational experiences to 18-21
year old students with disabilities who have developmental delays
(including current high school students, students who have graduated
with an IEP diploma, and adults with developmental disabilities),
allowing them to become integrated and involved in their post-high
Better prepare students with the skills they need to pursue competitive
employment, experience lifelong learning opportunities, and participate
in community activities that match their goals, dreams, and interests
Create new and varied experiential learning opportunities for typical
Keuka College students.
Students are required to take classes in the four core academic
subjects of English, social studies, math and science; instruction is
differentiated in these classes to meet their varying needs. All
students are also required to take at least one typical college course,
depending upon their personal interests. Students also take life skills
classes, and are assigned work-study placements within the community.
All DRIVE students are fully integrated into Keuka College; they have
college identification cards, and full access to food services, the
library and the Physical Arts Building. Students have joined campus
clubs and attend many campus events.
Paid peer mentors have the responsibility of assisting DRIVE students
in academic classes and integrating them into campus life.
To date, DRIVE has enrolled 24 students, and has a 100% retention rate
for its 4-year existence, with all students obtaining a wide-spectrum of
successful field/work experience.
In addition, the college recognizes positive outcomes for typical Keuka
College students; their participation enhances their opportunities for
field experience while transforming their perception of persons with
Keuka College faculty benefit as well, enriching and extending their
understanding and application ofUniversal Design for Learning.