uni 2 beyond is an innovative and award-winning social inclusion initiative for people with intellectual disability who want to experience university life. Through uni 2 beyond, participants are supported to take part in university life as audit (non-enrolled) students. uni 2 beyond supports each participant to make social connections through a mentoring program and to work towards individual learning outcomes. As non-enrolled students, uni 2 beyond participants do not pay tuition fees to the university.
uni 2 beyond aims to build the capacity of people with intellectual disability in the areas of social and community participation, relationships and lifelong learning. uni 2 beyond does this by offering its participants an individualised program, which includes:
- Facilitated social inclusion activities on the university campus
- Peer mentoring for social and community participation and learning
- Opportunities to join university clubs and societies, for social engagement with peers and lifelong learning
- Auditing of university lectures and tutorials in areas of personal choice and interest
- Person-centred planning
- Support to work towards individualised learning outcomes that suit each person’s strengths and interests
- Internship opportunities to enhance work skills and confidence as well as social and community participation.
uni 2 beyond is a multi-award winning initiative. We were awarded the Excellence in Education & Training award at the 2017 National Disability Awards. We also won the 2017 NSW Disability Industry Innovation Award in the category Leadership in Community Accessibility and Inclusion and be honoured to be named 2016 Innovative Practice on Inclusive Education and ICT by the Zero Project at the United Nations Office, Vienna.
- uni 2 beyond video series: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE_-NDgoH5lab20PCZVc_Yw
- Amy Ruth, CEO of MIEngineers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWXZ6MG6X_s
- Van, Mentor of uni 2 beyond: https://youtu.be/POFpAm5rtM0
- Kylie, uni 2 beyond student: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEfG15NjVj0
- Karim, uni 2 beyond student: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjL5sqXaXcM
- General creating futures campaign: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtBSRaALEAM&t=81s
- Benchmark Estimating Software, newsletter: https://www.benchmarkestimating.com/benchmark-commits-itself-to-inclusion/
- Sydney Morning Herald article: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/university-of-sydney-turns-to-crowdfunding-to-save-its-uni-2-beyond-initiative-20170923-gynbda.html
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