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.

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Kid's Day at the Arc of Yates

Kid's Day at the Arc of Yates

On April 5, 2018 twenty children took a day out of their Spring Break and visited the Arc of Yates facilities, learning about the Agency’s mission and the important work their parents do on a daily basis. The 3rd Annual event included tours of Keuka Lake School, The Print Shop and the Agency’s program facility.  Lunch was catered by individuals who participate in the Agency’s Culinary Institute, one of several curriculum programs offered.  In addition to discussions around how the field of developmental disabilities has changed since the Arc was founded more than four decades ago, students participated in sensitivity training activities that simulated the experience of disabilities and provided a deeper understanding of what it means to live with a disability.  “This annual event is important on several levels,” stated Deb Fabris-Coon, Chief Education Administrator.  “It allows parents the opportunity to share what they do, and is an opportunity for children to interact with and learn from the individuals we support.” 

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