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) 719-5324 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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April is Autism Awareness Month

Make It and Take It

April is Autism Awareness Month

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, the Arc of Yates will be hosting a series of presentations every Tuesday during the month of April.  Topics will include sensory awareness and structured teaching and guest panelists will facilitate question and answer sessions. The meetings, scheduled to be held at the Agency’s administrative office on Powell Lane, are free of charge and open to the public.

The third meeting is noted below:

"Make It and Take It"

 

Tuesday, April 17th 

6:30pm to 7:30pm

 

This workshop is designed to inform participants on structured teaching and provide useful tools that can be implemented at home or school. 

 

 

 

Our next session will be:

 

Tuesday, April 24th 

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Visiting speaker Nicholas Courgi, diagnosed with Autism at an early age, will talk about his diagnosis, struggles and successes.  Mr. Courgi has been lecturer at Onondaga Community College since 2010.  He graduated from Onondaga Community College in 2014 at which time he was presented with the Curriculum Honor Award in Communications.  

 

 

All presentations are located at 240 Powell Lane Penn Yan, NY 14527.

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