“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
Karen Williams is a 21 year-old student who resides in Leverett, MA. She began as a participant in the MAICEI program in the fall of 2014. She enrolled in Nutrition and Kinesiology classes at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She enjoys playing basketball, utilizing the University Recreation Center in her free-time, attending UMass basketball games with peers, and having lunch with her friends/peers on campus. Karen is currently enrolled in a two-hundred level Kinesiology class with a hands-on lab component, in which Karen is actively participating in. Although she typically audits her classes, Karen is committed to taking all of the lab exams this semester. She has been called on to answer questions by her professor and is comfortable answering those questions in front of her peers. She spends her time at home studying from her textbook and note for the upcoming exams. She has a paid internship at one of the on-campus gyms, The Body Shop. She is well-liked by both the matriculated student staff and faculty there.
During the beginning of this semester (Spring 2018), it was proposed that Karen's hours might be cut due to conflictions in scheduling with non-disabled student workers to supervise Karen. The student workers came up with a compromise so that Karen could keep working her hours during the week. They approached the Senior Lecturer of the Kinesiology department, who also directs the Body Shop, and told her that they love working with Karen and would be willing to help keep her working her hours. The director of the Body Shop was moved, not only by the students' advocacy for Karen, but with Karen's positive impact on the student workers. Karen will be leaving the MAICEI program after the Spring 2018 semester. She plans on working part-time in a fitness gym and is considering joining the family business, Diamond Match German Shepherds, to help train service dogs. Her beaming smile light up the campus wherever she is on campus and has won her many friends. She will be dearly missed by everyone who has had the pleasure of meeting Karen.
“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
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