UT’s FUTURE program, in partnership with Independent Lens and East Tennessee PBS, are presenting a screening of Autism in Love, which examines the everyday realities of autistic adulthood, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 19, in Alumni Memorial Building Room 27.
FUTURE program News
Meredith Schlandt thought having a college experience would never be possible for her until she came to UT. Through the FUTURE Postsecondary Education Program, she was able to audit nursing and public health courses and other classes of interest. Schlandt, 21, of Clinton, Tennessee, and seven other students with intellectual disabilities and autism have completed FUTURE and will earn a postsecondary certificate. They are the program’s first graduates.
WBIR Channel 10 takes a look at UT’s FUTURE program, an initiative that gives students with intellectual disabilities the chance to attend college. The program began last year at UT through a grant from the US Department of Education. Students attend specialized classes and audit one academic and one physical education class per semester. “They don’t necessarily