Salem State University

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Program Overview

The Community of Inclusive Scholars Program at Salem State University is a MAICEI Program; Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative. Opening its doors in the Spring of 2017, the Community of Inclusive Scholars Program offers a “college experience” to high school students with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorders from partnering school districts. MAICEI students are 18 – 22 years old, are unable to pass the MCAS exams or have passed MCAS but still qualify for special education services, are currently on an IEP, and are enrolled in a partnership district.

Community of Inclusive Scholar students participate in two college courses, in both the Fall and Spring semester. In addition, Inclusive Scholars students will also participate in at least one identified activity or club, internship opportunities either on campus or through their school district, participate in the Gassett Fitness Center, peer tutoring, and the writing center. The ultimate goal of the Community of Inclusive Scholars Program is to prepare students for paid employment through promotion of self-determination, self-advocacy, increased independence, and improvement of social skills.

Participating School Districts

For more information:

Matthew Nolan
(978) 559-9068

Christine Lenahan
Project Director
Sullivan Building
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 542-2657

Student Spotlight: Marc

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Marc is from Dracut and is in his second year as a student in the Community of Inclusive Scholars,  the Salem State University MAICEI Program. This year, Marc applied and was accepted as the Massachusetts Advocates for Children Young Adult Leader Fellow. Through this fellowship, Marc is learning about the requirements of special education law, and gaining legislative and case advocacy skills. Marc’s supervisor at Massachusetts Advocates for Children said, “Marc has been such an asset in his short time here and we’re thrilled to have him as part of our team.” Additionally, Marc takes courses at Salem State in criminal justice, philosophy and fitness. In the future, Marc plans to be a social activities for people who have experience discrimination. Marc is also active in Taekwondo and Hapkido.

Campus Overview

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Salem State University, established in 1854 as Salem Normal School, is a comprehensive, publicly supported institution of higher learning located approximately 15 miles north of Boston and one mile from downtown Salem, and is one of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Salem State University is committed to excellence in education, service and scholarship.

Our academic programs have been designed to advance the intellectual and personal growth of all students through a wide spectrum of learning opportunities. To realize this goal, we rely upon the dedication and contributions of our superb faculty, our gifted librarians and our talented staff.

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