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Wayfinders at Fresno State

Welcome to Wayfinders!

Wayfinders is a 2-year non-degree independent living certificate program for young adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Participants of Wayfinders increase their independence by living in student apartments, participating in work experience internships, taking classes at Fresno State through Open University, and engaging with the community.

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Wayfinders students receive individualized supports by Residential core staff and coaches to learn the skills necessary to successfully maintain a tidy apartment, set and maintain a budget, plan and prepare their meals, successfully shop for groceries, and pay their rent.



A key component is to develop our students into competent employees. Students are provided work experience and classroom opportunities to learn skills in preparation for competitive integrated employment.


University Inclusion

Research findings revealed that students with intellectual disabilities who have some type of post-secondary education were more likely to obtain employment, require fewer supports and have increased self-esteem.

University Inclusion

Community Incusion

Wayfinders students participate in a variety of activities during their free time. Students are given the opportunity to choose the activities they would like to participate in and are supported and encouraged to try new experiences.

Community Inclusion


Wayfinders students are supported in ensuring their transition into their chosen community is structured and goal-oriented enabling the student to have a productive and fulfilling life in the setting of their choosing.


Case Management

Case Managers provide direct support in order to promote student independence and self-efficacy. The goal is to guide students towards utilizing natural supports and other resources to fulfill their activities of daily living.

Case Management

Contact Us


2743 E Shaw Avenue, Suite 101
M/S OF135
Fresno, CA 93710 

Phone: 559.278.0390

Fax: 559.278.0199


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