Welcome to Project FOCUS

Project FOCUS (Focusing Opportunities with Community and University Support), in collaboration with the College of Education and school districts in Pima County, provides a unique post-high school option for students ages 18-21 with intellectual disabilities. Project FOCUS is a dual enrollment program designed to support access to the University of Arizona’s academic offerings and campus life in order to increase each student’s self-reliance and employability.

Each student in Project FOCUS receives instructional support and enrolls in a minimum of 6 credits per semester for 2 years.  Student’s academic support needs will be individualized using the person-centered planning process. In addition to academic coursework, students are provided instructional supports related to campus life, employment, and overall self-reliance.

To accomplish this goal, Project FOCUS, provides highly trained instructional staff, individualized materials, state-of-the-art technology, job development, and training. 

Project FOCUS is a documented and replicable post-high school transition model that increases academic growth, self-reliance, and the employment of students with intellectual disabilities.

Our Mission: Focusing opportunities with community and university supports to transition aged students, 18-22, who have intellectual and developmental disabilities in accessing the academic and social opportunities available at the University of Arizona resulting in the acquisition of academic knowledge, increases in self-determination, independent living skills and successful community based employment.