Project Bridge tours FAU, gains unique perspective

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA — Participants in Project Bridge took a field trip to Florida Atlantic University earlier this month.

During a tour of the Jupiter, Florida campus, program participants from Palm Beach and the St. Lucie area were given an in-depth look at what college life is like at the community inclusion location.

According to FAU, the Academy for Community Inclusion program focuses on post-secondary options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Project Bridge Career Services Coordinator Jacqueline Fuller-Rhaheed said the outing was spur-of-the-moment, but that the trip gave program participants a fresh perspective.
“It was uplifting,” said Fuller-Rhaheed. “The inclusion program gives disabled students who have completed high school the opportunity to experience college campus life and all it has to offer. Classes, social life, new friendships, recreational activities, career preparation, self-reliance and overall personal growth.”

While none of the Project Bridge participants in attendance would be a good match for the inclusion program, Fuller-Rhaheed said a number of other young adults she’s working with could benefit from it.

“It’s always good to know what options are available in the community,” said Fuller-Rhaheed.

After the tour, participants as well as Project Bridge staff members, were treated to lunch.