Contact: Shail Lopez-Ortiz

Phone: 559-278-0390

Email: slopezortiz@csufresno.edu



Wayfinders is an inclusive postsecondary vocational, residential and educational program for students with intellectual disabilities ages 18 – 28 years. The program seeks to increase the independence, self-determination and quality of life for each student by exposing them to a variety of age appropriate experiences on the university campus. These include:

Residential Living - Students live at the Palazzo Apartments. They are supported by the Residential Living Coordinator and Student Coaches who provide systematic instruction and support in daily life skills.

Vocational Training - In addition to participating in the vocational preparation course, students gain practical vocational skills through participating in Work Experience.

 Academic Inclusion - Students enroll in general university courses through the Division of Continuing and Global Education with the support of the Academic Coordinator. Students have a choice of two certificates: Certificate of Completion or Certificate of Special Study in Academic and Career Advancement.

Activity and Transition Support - A key aspect to gaining independence is social and community integration. The Transition Coordinator works with students to plan and promote participation in activities such as hobbies, social clubs, community interaction, volunteering etc.