SUNY Orange College BRIDGES Program (ages 21 or have exited HS with ID, DD, ASD 


    Upcoming Open House Dates

    • October 17, 2018 - 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
    • November 20, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • March 6, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • April 3, 2019 - 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

    BRIDGES offers academic and career exploration for students with varying abilities through a student-centered, learner active and customized course of study designed to meet individual interests, skills and goals. The program has five program goals:

    1. Vocational/Employment Preparation
    2. Independent Living
    3. Academics/Lifelong Learning
    4. Personal Development/Life Strategies
    5. Social Participation/Civics


    Our vision is to be the Hudson Valley’s leading college-based educational program for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.


    BRIDGES’ mission is to offer an inclusive, community-based postsecondary experience that teaches skills and strategies and provides support to create successful and independent lives. It is our sincere hope that upon graduation, BRIDGES graduates will join SUNY Orange alumni family who recall fondly how the College helped set in motion their adult life either as the start of their of higher education, the dignity of living independently or embarking on a career of meaningful work of their choosing.

    Supports and Services

    BRIDGES is a college experience for students with developmental disabilities. Embedded in the program are extensive supports and services that are intended to ensure student success in their vocational, social, life skills and academic development.

    BRIDGES provides students:

    • Upon enrollment, an education plan that incorporates person-centered planning, meaning the goals of the student are paramount.
    • Vocational exploration and training tailored to students’ interests and strengths
    • Career Awareness training to discover opportunities aligning with individual strengths.
    • Career Exploration to enable students to interact in different employment scenarios.
    • Career Preparation to build specific knowledge and skills in a student’s area of choice.
    • Vocational Integration that offer opportunities to develop skills transferable to different areas of employment or positions so as to increase employability.
    • Job Search training, including an introduction to the concept of business start up.
    • Individualized instruction from highly trained education and occupational therapy professionals.
    • Small class size
    • The opportunity to audit credit classes with the natural support of peer mentor.
    • Natural supports provided peer mentors are not instructors. Peer mentors are not aids and they do not formally teach skills. Rather, they are fellow students at the College who share a mutual interest with BRIDGES students. BRIDGES students interview prospective peer mentors and have the final word as to whom they are paired with. Peer mentors provide an opportunity to socialize and support the student to enhance social competency.
    • Life Skills training to prepare for a healthy, self-directed independent lifestyle embodied by health, wellness, financial competency, and self-direction with regard to life decisions.
    • Social skills training and innumerable opportunities for social participation to prepare for the success after graduation.


    Tuition is $7500 per semester or $15,000 per academic year. This includes all SUNY Orange fees as well as program fees pertaining to the embedded supports and services within the program.

    For students preparing to exit high school, parents and students are encouraged to avail themselves of transition services provided by the school district to ensure all applications for resources that might apply to BRIDGES be submitted in a timely manner. Families are also encouraged to investigate scholarships.

    For details on payment options accepted by SUNY Orange, please visit the Bursar's Payment Options webpage.

    For additional information regarding paying for postsecondary education programs like BRIDGES, please visit ThinkCollege.net




Last Modified on October 30, 2018