“As an instructor, I feel as if we learn from this student as much as he learns from us.”
—Judith L., Professor
UMass Amherst began implementing the Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Program on campus in the fall of 2013. MAICEI provides high school students with significant (typically intellectual and/or developmental) disabilities the opportunity to have a college experience alongside their non-disabled peers. The goal of the MAICEI Program is to enhance the academic access, career development and social/emotional growth of its participants. Students spend their time in classes, boundaries and relationships and employment workshops, and recreational activities. Examples of extracurricular student activities at UMass Amherst include: the UMASS Marching Band, Student Choirs, Student Gaming Community, and Residential Hall Community Activities.
Participants also attend informal activities with campus mentors, volunteers, and friends such as sporting events, art gallery walks, activities facilitated by Greek life and Residential Advisors, and movies. In addition, participants are encouraged and supported in the creation of new campus groups. MAICEI students are supported by the MAICEI program coordinator/advisor, educational coaches, which are provided by the sending school districts, and student mentors.
Interim MAICEI Coordinator
161 Whitmore Administration Building
Amherst, MA 01003
Phone: (413) 545-0892
“Kayleigh has been on time and very focused in the lessons. She takes all of my suggestions well and tries her best to accomplish the tasks. She has also stood on stage and sung her prepared songs along with a small group of other students. She showed composure and confidence and was proud of her performance.
“The students, both those singing with her and the others who were listening, were supportive and enjoyed having her participate in this way. Most of my students are planning to be music teachers in the public schools and they all recognize that this presents them with the opportunity to see how students with learning or developmental issues can be served to their benefit. Finally, I myself, enjoy teaching her. She is a lovely person with a good sense of humor and a joy in singing. What more could I ask of the situation?”
—Marjorie M., Professor
At just under three years old, Brian was diagnosed with PDDNOS (pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified). If evaluated now, he would be diagnosed with autism. Recently Brian excelled in his Turf Management classes, renowned for its highly technical subject matter and difficulty. Despite the challenge, Brian loved going; the MAICEI program empowers him with the freedom to grow safely. Brian also takes advantage of many social opportunities on campus. He is a huge sports fan and often accompanies same-age peers to UMass games; sitting in the front row and always cheering to support his team, he’s often referred to as a super fan.
“My dad attended UMass when he was younger. I’ve always wanted to follow in his footsteps. Thanks to the MAICEI program, my dream of attending UMass like my dad has finally come true!”
—Jalil C., Student
Bridgewater State University has high expectations – of our students, our region and the institution itself. Our goal is to provide outstanding growth opportunities and learning experiences that will transform lives. Since its founding in 1840, Bridgewater State has remained steadfast in its commitment to empower individuals and instill in its community an abiding desire to advance the public good. Our rigorous and dynamic academic environment encourages students and faculty to develop their strengths and become leaders in their fields. At the same time, we strive to lead by example. As the university continues to build momentum, we continuously reinvest in the success of our students and our region.