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New Perspectives - Jun, 1999 Issue #58 

The Pace Program
Evanston, Illinois
Carol Burns, M.Ed., Director
(847) 475-1100 x2670

“The PACE Program is a leader in the provision of integrated postsecondary services to young adults with multiple learning disabilities. Students who qualify for the program: are 18 to 30 years of age with a measured I.Q. between 70 and 90; have a high probability of difficulty with a regular college curriculum, even with support services; have sufficient emotional stability to adjust to all aspects of the Program; have the ability to participate in most activities; and have parents who support the goals and philosophy of the Program.

“The PACE Program strives to create an environment in which work is accomplished, play is learned, love is felt, and life is enjoyed. The program’s goals are long-term, evidenced in the combined progression of instruction toward meaningful, quality adult living. While having a job is important, we want our adult children to be happy above all. That involves a combination of friends, skills, and meaningful work.”

The PACE students lead busy lives. The program components include Career Preparation, Life Skills Instruction, Academics, and Socialization. Three days a week are spent at internship sites, with two days in the academic program in a formal classroom setting in an undergraduate University environment. Although classes are not credit bearing, they are designed to challenge the students at levels that are difficult, but manageable. Students who are highly motivated and have exhibited excellent performance in their PACE classes are encouraged to register for specific undergraduate classes for credit at the University. Responsibilities at work and school dominate the weekdays, yet there are many opportunities for socializing, play, and fun activities during the evening and weekend hours.

At PACE, students learn and practice skills on their own. The PACE Program recreates this environment of support and protection while encouraging freedom of choice and responsible action.

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