Augie Access Program


A Post-Secondary Education Program for Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Augustana invites young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to participate in post-secondary educational experiences, thereby improving employment.

Program Design:

  • Admit three to five new students per year
  • Provide access to a menu of courses for credit, non-credit, or auditing
  • Utilize a Person-Centered Planning process
  • Create appropriate supports for students in classroom settings
  • Assist students in locating appropriate residential options
  • Develop peer support networks (peer navigators)
  • Produce on/off-campus work opportunities and internships including job coaching services
  • Collaborate with Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Department of Labor and Regulation, Disability Employment Initiative, Department of Education and Division of Developmental Disabilities

Eligibility Requirements

  • Ages 18 - 26 (must start prior to turning 27)
  • Primary goal of employment
  • Students must have a documented diagnosis of an Intellectual/Developmental Disability
  • Ability to fund tuition and fees (approximately $16,000 per year), housing, and books/supplies — View .pdf of the 2017-2018 Program Fees
  • Access to and from Augustana's campus to attend classes and other activities
  • Proven ability to participate appropriately in a classroom or professional setting
  • IDEA-eligible, formerly IDEA eligible, or entitled to support through other disability services such as VR or DD.
  • Access to Opportunity / Pathway to Success Admission Project - View .pdf of Instructions for Completion

Information and Tour Sessions

Program tours and information sessions for families and students interested in learning more about the Augie Access program will be held on the following dates and times in 2017 and Spring 2018:

  • Thursday, August 17 — 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 21 — 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 19 — 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 16 — 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 14 — 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 18 — 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 15 — 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 15 — 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 19 — 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 17 — 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Please email or call 605.274.4926 to reserve your spot today!

Tours will begin in the Madsen Center, room 120.

Application Process

Applications for the 2017-2018 school year are now closed. An Augie Access application (.pdf) will be accepted for Fall 2018 enrollment and is due by Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. The Admission Committee will then notify you when the interview process will begin, and letters informing applicants of the decision will be mailed out approximately two weeks after interviews. A completed application consists of the application form, high school transcript, current IEP, two letters of recommendation, current evaluation documenting disability, transcripts of all previous college work (if applicable), completed vocational rehabilitation application/intake meeting documentation.

Questions and inquiries can be sent to or call 605.274.4926.


Jessica LambJessica Lamb
Augie Access Program Coordinator
Madsen Center #221

As the Augie Access Program Coordinator, Jessica Lamb is a grant program coordinator and research assistant. She earned her master's of education with a focus in special education from Grand Canyon University. Jessica came to Augustana from the Aberdeen School District, where she was a special education teacher.

Catherine DavisCatherine Davis
Augie Access Assistant Program Coordinator
Madsen Center #222

Serving as the Assistant Program Coordinator, Catherine Davis has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Northern State University. She comes to us from AXL Academy where she was an English teacher and yearbook advisor.  (Form 990)


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