Access ETSU is a two-year inclusive postsecondary education program at East Tennessee State University that provides young adults with intellectual disabilities a college experience similar to their same age peers. Access ETSU students participate in all typical campus academic and student life activities. They also engage in high quality and fully inclusive work-based learning experiences aligned with their career interests, strengths, and needs.
Peer Mentors (BucMates) are the primary direct support for Access ETSU students and the backbone of our inclusive and innovative postsecondary program. Peer mentors (BucMates) are other ETSU students who are paired with Access ETSU students in mutually empowering and positive peer relationships. BucMates support Access ETSU students in navigating university life and the campus community in academic, vocational, and social contexts. If you would like to learn more or be a BucMate peer mentor for our Access ETSU students, vist our apply page, or click here to fill out an application.
Access ETSU has been awarded a $2.5 million Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) grant from the U.S. Department of Education! Click here for details.
To learn more about our first Access ETSU student and his experiences in our program click here.
Visit our About Us page for more information.
Donations to Access ETSU can be made here. Thank you for your support!