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.
Learn more about Wayfinders or sign up to attend one of our upcoming Information Sessions!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
2743 E Shaw Avenue, Suite 101
Fresno, CA 93710
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