Application and Admissions

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Have a documented significant intellectual and developmental disability
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have graduated from high school
  • Be capable of meeting personal needs without assistance
  • Be able to self-administer any necessary medication
  • Have no behavior difficulties
  • Have the capability to participate in 50 to 90 minute classes
  • Navigate the campus independently

Application Process

  1. The application packet for the 2022-2023 academic year is now available. The deadline for applications is April 14, 2022.
  2. Qualified applicants will be contacted for a student and family interview.
  3. Applicants will be notified by mail of their acceptance.
  4. Students are admitted to the Academy in the fall of each academic year.


Prepare for the Academy for Community Inclusion (ACI) College Interview

As you consider applying to the ACI program at Florida Atlantic University, here are some things for you to consider doing to be better prepared for the admissions interview:

  • Visit FAU ACI Website & Facebook Page
  • Think about Reasons Why you Want to Attend College
  • Think about Your Strengths/Weaknesses
  • Dress Appropriately


Recommended Prerequisite Skills for Success in the Academy for Community Inclusion

Families often wonder what skills are needed in order to be successful in a college program. Here’s a list of common skills that will help ensure student success in the Academy. If the potential student does not have these skills, families may want to work on these at home prior to applying to the Academy.

  1. Can call and text someone other than immediate family
    • Student can call or text a friend, peer mentor, or ACI staff member with no assistance.
  2. Can state what to do if lost on campus or in the community
    • Student can identify how to get help from others when lost on campus or in the community.
  3. Can state e-mail address and check e-mail
    • Student can verbally state email address when asked. Student can independently check email address regularly.
  4. Can engage in appropriate downtime activities in between classes
    • Student can entertain self appropriately and safely during unsupervised downtime on campus.
  5. Can react appropriately to a fire alarm
    • Student can calmly and safely evacuate building during a fire alarm.
  6. Can calm self
    • Student can self-soothe appropriately (and refrain from engaging in any verbal or physical outbursts) if frustrated/angry/sad when on campus.
  7. Can cross street safely
    • Student can look both ways before crossing street and remain alert and engaged when on street and in parking lots.
  8. Can communicate basic information about himself/herself (e.g., name, age, birthdate, etc.)
    • Student can state name, age, birthdate, and other basic information about self when asked by staff members.
  9. Can respond to simple WH- questions
    • Student can answer questions about where, when, who, and why when asked.
  10. Can interact safely and appropriately in a public restroom
    • Student can exhibit safe and appropriate behavior in the public restroom, observing urinal etiquette and other required social interactions.
  11. Can keep personal items safe
    • Student can monitor personal items, making sure to keep items with them at all times.