Augie Access Program


A Comprehensive Transition and Post-Secondary Program for Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Augustana invites young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to participate in Comprehensive Transition and Post-Secondary Program designed to increase employment outcomes.

Program Design:

  • Admit a minimum of six new students each year
  • Provide access to a menu of courses for credit, non-credit, or auditing
  • Utilize a Person-Centered Planning process 
  • Create appropriate supports for students in classroom settings
  • Assist students in locating appropriate residential options
  • Develop peer support networks (peer navigators)
  • Produce on/off-campus work opportunities and internships including job coaching services
  • Collaborate with Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Department of Labor and Regulation, Disability Employment Initiative, Department of Education and Division of Developmental Disabilities and other agencies 

Learn more about our program design by viewing the Augie Access Fact Sheet.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Ages 18 - 26 (must start prior to turning 27)
  • Primary goal of attending a post-secondary education program must be an employment outcome
  • Students must have a documented diagnosis of an Intellectual/Developmental Disability
  • Ability to fund tuition and fees (approximately $12,800 per year), housing, and books/supplies — View a PDF of the 2021-2022 fees.
  • Access to and from Augustana's campus to attend classes and other activities
  • Demonstrated ability to participate appropriately in a classroom or professional setting
  • IDEA-eligible, formerly IDEA eligible, or entitled to support through other disability services such as VR or DD.
  • Access to Opportunity / Pathway to Success Admission Project - View .pdf of Instructions for Completion
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy for Federal financial aid

Information and Tour Sessions

Program tours and information sessions for families and students interested in learning more about the Augie Access program will be held on the following dates from 3:30-5 p.m.

  • March 18, 2021
  • April 22, 2021  (Tour is canceled. Please call 605.274.4926 to reschedule)
  • May 20, 2021
  • August 19, 2021
  • September 16, 2021
  • October 21, 2021
  • November 16, 2021
  • December 9, 2021

Please complete this form to reserve your spot today!

Tours will begin in the Madsen Center, room 220. The address of the Madsen Center is 2301 South Summit Ave, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Application Process

Applications for the 2022-23 school year are now being accepted! Augie Access applications (.pdf) are now being accepted for Fall 2022 enrollment and are due by Friday, January 7, 2022.  The Admission Committee will then notify you when the interview process will begin, and letters informing applicants of the decision will be mailed out approximately two weeks after interviews. A completed application consists of the application form, high school transcript, current IEP, two letters of recommendation, current evaluation documenting disability, transcripts of all previous college work (if applicable), completed vocational rehabilitation application/intake meeting documentation. The Access to Opportunity / Pathway to Success Admission Project does not need to be sent in with the application - it is to be presented during the interview process. 

Questions and inquiries can be sent to or call 605.274.4926.

In partnership with:

Jessica LambJessica Lamb
Augie Access Program Director
Madsen Center #221

As the Augie Access Program Director, Jessica Lamb is a grant program coordinator and research assistant. She also serves as the LEND Self-Advocate Discipline Head and is a certified Person-Centered Transition Assessment Facilitator and  a Person Centered Trainer.  She earned her master's of education with a focus in special education from Grand Canyon University. Jessica came to Augustana from the Aberdeen School District, where she was a special education teacher.

Catherine DavisCatherine Davis
Augie Access Program Coordinator
Madsen Center #222

Serving as the  Program Coordinator, Catherine Davis has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Northern State University. She comes to us from AXL Academy where she was an English teacher and yearbook advisor.  (Form 990)


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