Supportive, accessible, individualized and empowering, CLSC gives students the opportunities they want and need to broaden their knowledge, develop their skills, and gain confidence in their abilities to become more independent and succeed beyond college. It does so with:

Person-centered approach

CLSC utilizes a person-centered process in supporting students as they identify their personal and professional goals. It then works with the students toward achieving those goals.

The process begins during the first fall semester with the creation of a “PATH,” a living document developed by each student with the support of CLSC staff, their family, and other support team members.

CLSC students then work toward those goals through activities in the UD community and with the support of individualized 1-on-1 coaching. Students may work on such things as time management skills, connecting with fellow UD students, staying on top of assignments, and preparing to live on their own.

A student and coach at Disability Mentoring Day lunch

Goal-driven coursework

CLSC students enroll in a course taken by all UD freshman that offers an orientation to UD academics and campus resources. CLSC students then select courses, for audit or credit, that are tied to their personal or professional goals.

They also participate in academic coaching with their “point coach” and receive accommodations as needed through the UD Office of Disability Support Services. CLSC staff work with students and faculty to assist CLSC students in accessing all aspects of their courses.

CLSC students also participate in course modules developed specifically for the CLSC program where they develop short- and long-term goals, engage in problem-solving activities, assess career options, and develop a professional portfolio.

Campus life experience

CLSC students actively engage in UD campus life, whether playing on a soccer team, joining theater groups, attending sporting events and concerts, spending time as a DJ at UD’s radio station, or participating in UD’s Alternative Spring Break program.

All of them work with CLSC staff to identify resources and activities that they are interested in, and then receive supports as needed in building connections and participating.

Some CLSC students wish to reside on campus and have the option of living in a residence hall with a fellow CLSC student or other UD student. Coaching and mentoring help support students in developing the skills and natural supports needed to be successful in living more on their own.

Internships and career exploration

CLSC students participate in a variety of career exploration activities in the classroom and through work experiences. They complete career assessments, consider different career options based on their strengths and interests, visit different job sites, and develop a professional portfolio.

Students also receive multiple internship opportunities. The internships are selected based on the student’s interest and create chances for the student to learn about career options in a particular field, learn and practice skills specific to that industry, and network with prospective supervisors and co-workers.

Initially supported in their internship by job coaches, the students later rely on co-workers, supervisors, and other supports as they become more independent.