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Georgia State: Inclusive Digital Expression and Literacy (IDEAL) Program Graduates Recognized for Achievements

Mr. James Sanders Freels and Mr. Mandel Ayele Merceron Montilus graduated this spring with a Certificate of Career Readiness from the Georgia State University School of Public Health’s Inclusive Digital Expression and Literacy (IDEAL) Program.

The IDEAL program, an inclusive post-secondary program for students with mild intellectual disabilities, provides a two-year course of study where students audit general undergraduate courses offered by Georgia State colleges and academic departments; participate in program-specific seminars on self-advocacy, dating and relationships, financial literacy, career development and independent living skills; complete work-study and internship experiences; and engage in a variety of extracurricular activities on campus. It’s one of more than 250 inclusive postsecondary programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities at universities and colleges across the country.

Mr. Freels and Mr. Montilus were recognized for their achievements in the IDEAL program at the College of Education & Human Development (CEHD) Honors Day Ceremony on April 17.

“It’s been amazing to watch Jimmy and Mandel take advantage of all the opportunities available at Georgia State,” said Dr. Andy Roach, CEHD associate professor and co-director of the IDEAL program. “Like so many students with intellectual disabilities, Mandel and Jimmy proved that, given appropriate supports and accommodations, college was a great next step in their education.”

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