SpringSummerOCL’s ACCESS service is a partnership in collaboration with University College / Syracuse University Continuing Education.

Mission of Access

Access works to empower and support each student with their personal goals that are related to college course work and studies. We want to help each student become an integral and respected member of the college campus experience.

Eligible Students:

-Qualify and maintain funding under Medicaid

-Have a personal commitment to continuing their education

-Have a willingness to complete all course assignments with support

-Need support to attend college classes

Each student creates their own educational plan and registers for classes of their choice under the guidance of a Syracuse University Academic Advisor. Classes are completely inclusive; ACCESS students participate alongside traditionally enrolled SU students.  Mentoring is provided for ACCESS students on a one-to-one basis, and the mentor assists the student with whatever he or she needs to be academically successful.

Sample of Courses Taken by ACCESS students

School of Visual and Performing Arts:  Intro to Acting (Non-majors), Intro to Theater, Intro to Illustration

The Falk College:  Child and Family Studies, Introduction to Sports Management, The Super Bowl: Sport, Culture and Entertainment

School of Information Studies:  Web Design and Management, Information Reporting and Presentation

College of Liberal Arts:  African American Women Writers, History of Religion, Introduction to Sociology, Philosophy and Religion

Newhouse School of Public Communication   Visual Effects: Compositing

School of Education:   Introduction to Disability Studies, Introduction to Personal Training, Hip-Hop Dance

Students typically audit classes and will potentially leave in four (4) years with a certificate of completion through Syracuse University based on their areas of studies. Each student is supported in classes both during spring and fall semesters and then participates in a variety of activities during the summer, which blends well with the studies that are taking.

A full-time coordinator works with each student, their professor, teaching assistance and campus mentor to ensure that the best learning opportunities are made available to each student.

The Access Coordinator

The coordinator, Sam Roux, trains and supports the campus mentors, adapts course work and works as a liaison with the SU community.  Their primary goal is to open up the doors to what each student needs for a fully inclusive college educational experience.

The coordinator’s office is housed at University College in Room 115.

Anyone interested in auditing classes that has a developmental disability and is Medicaid eligible can access the application here.

Anyone interested in supporting a student in this unique opportunity at SU as a Campus Mentor, please send your resume and letter of interest to samuelr@oclinc.org

For Syracuse University’s web page on ACCESS information, click here

Contact Us:

image-7Lawton Williamson


518 James Street, Suite 110

Syracuse NY, 13203

315-434-9597 X-219




girlatcomputerOCL offers “Opportunity and Choices” in higher education through community partnerships.

One such program is OCL’s connection with Onondaga Pathways to Careers (OPC), which offers young people with disabilities the opportunity to enroll at Onondaga Community College (OCC), earn an industry-recognized credential, and acquire a job that pays a living wage in the local workforce.

OCC is partnering with Syracuse University (SU), the Syracuse City School District (SCSD), the public workforce system, disability service agencies, and regional employers in high growth industries to prepare youths and young adults with disabilities for skilled careers. More information here.