West Chester University

The RAM initiative (Real Achievement Matters) is a program at West Chester University, where students with intellectual disabilities, ages 18-24, come to campus, to participate in a two year inclusive post-secondary education experience. The RAM initiative is ‘inclusive’ in that RAM students would learn, live, and interact with all students, faculty, staff and administrators on campus, not in segregated environments. The students generally take classes on an Audit basis and have a non-traditional application/admissions process. RAM Initiative students are full time students, have full privileges of the university, and are eligible for Pell Grants and Federal Financial Work Study programs (if financially eligible). The VISION of RAM Initiative is to provide inclusive post-secondary education to students with intellectual disabilities, who meet specific criteria of Intellectual Disability, in order to develop citizens who are independent and economically self-sufficient and to meet the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act of equal opportunity, full participation, independent living and economic self-sufficiency.