College for Living Department

College for Living Classes (Weekend & Evening Courses) 

Non-credit courses and seminars are offered to students with intellectual disabilities through weekend and evening sessions every semester. A typical class is 2 hours in length and lasts for 8 to 10 weeks. Life skills, aerobics, money math along with relationships, painting, crafting, music appreciation, and personal hygiene are some examples of the courses offered. There are new courses offered every semester.


Supplemental Day Habilitation

Onondaga Community College’s College for Living Department is pleased to offer Supplemental Day Habilitation Services. These services offer academic programs that provide support and structure for adults with intellectual disabilities who live independently, at home with family, or within the family care system. Classes are designed to support individuals in their other daily activities, such as supported employment, pre-vocational programs, or other day habilitation programming. Group Supplemental Day Habilitation is considered a Medicaid Waiver service; MSC’s must determine eligibility with an RFA form submitted to the DDRO Region 2.


Supplemental Day Habilitation Registration Form

Foundations Transition Program

Onondaga Community College’s Foundations Transition Program opened and was designated by NYS Office of People with Developmental Disabilities ( OPWDD) as a Group Day Habilitation program in 2001. The program serves approximately 33 students on a revolving basis per year. The mission of Foundations is to prepare students for employment and independence through training in natural environments and classroom instruction. Students’ individualized goals and objectives in the areas of communication, decision-making/problem-solving, independent living, and interpersonal relations, academic and pre-vocational themes are identified and met through teaching. Student participation is three to four years and is then followed by a referral to other agencies for vocational placement.

Our typical student possesses a maturity level where their desire to learn and prepare for employment evident, but additional time is needed to practice and master the skills necessary for further independence. We are unique in that we offer quality education for students with disabilities on a college campus. For our students, this is their college experience, and they can identify with typical peers and friends. For many, attending the program at Onondaga Community College is a natural progression of their high school years and a foundation for their future.


New Visions Summer Program

New Visions is a week long “full-time” college experience for students with developmental disabilities. Students reside on campus, sleep in air-conditioned residence halls, and integrate with other summer school students and participants of summer programs. Our goal is to provide a safe, but stimulating learning environment, packed with choices and opportunities to allow each student to understand and enjoyably apply the independent living and social skills that are stressed in the classes. After a week of course work, interesting and fun activities culminates with yearbooks, a prom, and a graduation ceremony.


Contact Information

For more information about College for Living Programs, call Amy Mech at (315) 498-6022, or email .