Project PEER

Center for Persons with Disabilities
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Project PEER (Postsecondary Education, Employment, and Research), located on the USU campus, is a unique program that supports students with intellectual disabilities. A base classroom, housed in the Center for Persons with Disabilities (CPD), supports students, aged 18-21, who are enrolled in special education in the Cache and Logan school districts. Project PEER teachers and staff are hired from both districts. The CPD and USU provide additional support.

Project PEER facilitates the transition between school services and services for adults with disabilities. Project PEER also acts as a resource for the families and the students when navigating these outside agencies and services. Each student has a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and engages in employment internships and social and recreational activities located in various campus and community locations.

Students of Project PEER develop abilities and skills in areas they will need to have success in their adult lives. Vocational skills, such as job shadowing, job tries and job attainment and maintenance, are taught both on campus and in the community. Skills in personal independence are assessed and taught so each individual can live as independently as possible in a future setting of his/her and his/her family's choice. Some of the areas covered are finances, home living skills, grooming and dress, community access skills, food and nutrition, money skills and leisure skills. Social skills are also taught in all aspects of their day and are critical to them as they try to interact with and be accepted by their peers on campus.

In addition to providing the many learning opportunities for the students, the CPD and the University conduct research in this setting and disseminate it locally, at the state level, and nationally at conferences, in peer review journals, and other publications.

Population Served

Students age 18 to 21 with significant cognitive disabilities and their families in the Cache County area.

Training Activities

Training Times

Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

Program Contact

Lauren Leatham, PEER Teacher
Basement, Junction

Possible Students

Social Work, Nutrition, Child Development, Communicative Disorders, Health Education, Physical Education and Recreation, Physical Therapy, Business, all Education Fields, Psychology, Assistive Technology