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Community Spotlight: Judson University

This week, Senator McConnaughay spotlights Judson University in Elgin for a new program that helps students with intellectual disabilities attend college.

Judson's Road to Independent Living, Spiritual Formation and Employment (RISE) program gives students ages 18 to 25 an opportunity to experience residential college life, and develop independent living and work skills.

The University's RISE program was recently featured in an article by Madhu Krishnamurthy in the Daily Herald.

“Persons with intellectual disabilities typically have fewer educational options after high school,” said Senator McConnaughay. “Judson University is making the college experience available for more students, and in the process is helping these young men and women develop more life skills and learn to be more independent.”

The RISE program gives students the opportunity to choose from among six subject areas – business and entrepreneurship, Christian ministries, creative arts, education, health and wellness, and math and technology. They start the first semester in seven self-contained classes teaching professional skills, person-centered planning, independent living skills, consumer math and money management, current events, personal fitness and wellness, and daily living with Christian values.

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