Evangel University is holding an open house Monday beginning at 5:30 p.m. for students with disabilities and their families.
The open house is a partnership with Achieve of Southwest Missouri, an organization that runs a program for 18-25 year olds with disabilities to help them transition from high school into the rest of their lives.
The partnership between Achieve and Evangel launched last fall featuring training space, peer mentorship, hands-on career exploration, and community connections.
A driving force behind Evangel’s desire to help students with disabilities is Missouri’s 66% unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities. The rate has stayed around that level for the last decade.
“Individuals with disabilities and their families struggle to find appropriate post-secondary options that meet their unique needs and that will help build skills to launch these young adults into success,” Achieve Board President Lynn Neidigh said in a statement.
A study by Think College showed more than 5,000 students with intellectual disabilities who attended college had a 135% increase in employment compared to peers without college education.
“The welcoming campus community at Evangel University, high caliber facilities, and community connections will allow our Achieve students to build independence in a supportive environment as they gain the necessary skills and resources to be successful,” Neidigh said.
The schedule for the event is:
- 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. — Registration
- 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. — Detailed Program Description
- 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. — Q&A and Campus Tour
If you need more information, contact Achieve SWMO through their Facebook page.