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Short for "Learning Independence, Vocational, and Educational Skills," the LIVES Program enables students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities to participate in an immersive four-year college experience on the campus of the State University of New York - College at Geneseo.

Through LIVES, a close-knit group of students with disabilities experience similar academic and social aspects of university life as their non-disabled peers, while preparing for careers that fit their interests and skill sets.

The program is a partnership between the college, The Arc, Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (GVEP), and Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Services Office (DDSO).

The LIVES Program addresses development of and improvement in:

• Independent living skills to enhance success in the community and family life

• Vocational and career exploration skills

• Educational skills in functional areas such as reading, math, and writing, and academic classes of interest to individual students

• Social Recreation and leisure skills and social relationships

The Arc seeks to accept 8-12 new LIVES students each year, typically age 21 and older who meet eligibility criteria for the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). All interested students must complete an application process.