DRIVE (Diversity, Responsibility, Inclusion, Vision, and Experiential-learning) is a collaboration between the Arc of Yates, Dundee Central School District, and Keuka College. This program is a highly individualized education program for individuals with developmental disabilities to continue their education after high school in a collegiate environment.

The DRIVE program focuses on creating a unique and age-appropriate educational experience that nurtures student's social and academic growth. Students are given access to a myriad of experiential learning opportunities through service learning, work study, mentoring, and internships.

Students are guests in at least one Keuka College class each semester and enjoy privileges similar to those of Keuka College students. Keuka College students serve as peer mentors for DRIVE students, assisting them to become fully integrated into the college community.

While participating in Keuka College classes, DRIVE students are also enrolled in courses taught by educators from the Arc of Yates and Dundee Central School District. Students are offered these additional core curriculum and life skills classes to complement Keuka College courses.

While enrolled in the DRIVE program, students are encouraged to participate in vocational training, volunteerism, and/or extracurricular activities both on-campus and in the community.

DRIVE has been recognized by the New York State Department of Education as an effective practice in transition programming for young adults with intellectual disabilities. The program has also received recognition from former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative University for DRIVE's commitment to post-secondary education for students with disabilities.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the DRIVE program, please contact us at (315) 536-7447 or 
contact us for more information.  

DRIVE Field Period at Cumming Nature Center 2018

DRIVE Field Period at Cumming Nature Center

During the month of January the DRIVE  students completed their Field Period at Cumming Nature Center.  The students participated in outdoor activities, completed service and maintenance projects at the center, and built items in the woodworking shop.

Recent News

Arc of Yates Celebrates Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Arc of Yates Celebrates Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

In 1987 President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to create a forum for discussion to “increase public awareness of the needs and the potential of Americans with developmental disabilities.”  Since that time the annual campaign has provided a platform to promote social change through a greater understanding about the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.  As a result, communities have become increasingly aware that disabilities need not prevent individuals from realizing their full potential at school, work, home, or in their communities.

Since 1987 the field of developmental disabilities has changed dramatically, but the struggle for access and equality continues.  We pride ourselves in creating an environment of exploration, opportunities and possibilities, and to that end we will continue our deliberate efforts to eliminate the barriers that prevent the individuals we support from achieving their goals. 

Through its myriad of programs and services, the Arc of Yates strongly supports and promotes the inclusion of individuals with disabilities as full members of society.  In recognition of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, the Agency has reached out to local businesses to enlist individuals in volunteer or work related activities.  If your business is interested in this opportunity, please contact Karissa Hefferon, Administrative Assistant to the President and CEO at or by calling 315-536-7447.



The mission of the Arc of Yates is to empower individuals with developmental disabilities to lead self-directed, meaningful lives. 

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