Franklin College, Franklin  INSPIRE

101 Branigin Blvd.

Franklin, IN 46131

Phone: 800-852-0232
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Contact person: Lisa Whitlow-Hill 
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General Info

Type of school:
4-year college or university

Program Description:
The purpose of the INSPIRE program is to provide students (ages 18 to 21) with intellectual and cognitive disabilities a postsecondary college experience to develop self-advocacy skills, engage in career exploration, and develop social skills that lead to employment in a career field

Students can attend this program if they:

  • Are still enrolled in high school through Earlywood Educational Services

Number of students in this program:
Up to 12 students

Top 3 Priority Areas:

  • 1: Employment
  • 2: Self-determination
  • 3: Social skills development

Additional priority areas:
The “main focus” is determined by the individual’s Person Centered Plan, and may be any or all of the above.

The minimum age of a student to attend this program:

Tuition and fees per year:
None at this time

Room and board per year:

Cost of books per year:

This program is a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) and students with intellectual disabilities can get federal financial aid:

Students can pay to attend this program using (subject to student eligibility):

Students must be enrolled in Earlywood Educational Services and eligible for services under IDEA

Entrance Requirements:

  • Be able to safely navigate the campus independently
  • Have a specific disability label or type
  • Have basic safety skills in an unsupervised setting
  • Have practical reading and writing skills

Students with intellectual disabilities take:

Students in this program also take these specially designed courses:

      Although not formal courses, students address the following:

  • Orientation to college
  • Vocational skills training
  • Social skills training
  • Life skills instruction

Amount of instructional time spent only with other students with intellectual disabilities:
Less than 25%

Average amount of time it will take a student to complete the program:
1 to 2 year program

This program operates during the summer:

Students are eligible to earn a degree or certificate:
Yes, awarded through Earlywood Educational Services

This degree or certificate is available to:
Only to those students in this program

Housing Options:

  • There are no housing options for students with intellectual disabilities on this campus

Social Activity Participation:

  • Students attend campus social activities with program staff
  • Students attend campus social activities with peers
  • Students with ID independently seek out and participate in desired social activities

College Info
Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential, liberal arts institution with a scenic, wooded campus located 20 minutes south of downtown Indianapolis, spanning 207 acres, including athletic fields and a 31-acre biology woodland. The college prepares students to think independently, to lead responsibly and to serve with integrity in their professions, their communities and the world. The college offers its approximately 1,000 students bachelor of arts degrees in 55 majors from 25 academic disciplines, 41 minors, 11 pre-professional programs and four cooperative programs. In 1842, the college began admitting women, becoming the first coeducational institution in Indiana and the seventh in the nation. Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA.