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College of Education

WSU ROAR Overview

A program that makes a real difference

Make no mistake about it, WSU ROAR makes a huge difference
in the lives of all who are involved in the program.

WSU ROAR (Responsibility Opportunities Advocacy and Respect) is a two-year inclusive postsecondary education program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

A few other highlights include:

  • Individualized programs of study in education.
  • Individualized social skills classes.
  • Individualized vocational training.
  • Students live communally on the Pullman campus.
  • Students complete WSU audit courses with same-aged peers.
  • WSU ROAR is an approved Comprehensive Transition Program (U.S. Department of Education).

Bottom line, young adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities get to fully be part of the Cougar family experience. Another way to say it: they get to be Cougs!

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Empower students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to become self-determined, independent adults that seek a rewarding and purposeful life.


Provide a fully inclusive Postsecondary Educational Program and access to the WSU campus experience to young adult students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through program workshops, specialized training seminars, career-development, and on-campus living, WSU ROAR strives to empower students to reach their personal and professional goals and achieve independence in an inclusive campus environment. WSU ROAR also seeks to develop, implement, and test evidence-based practices in post-secondary education through collaborative research, teaching, and service. Finally, WSU ROAR provides transformational educational experiences for students with and without disabilities, enacting the institutional land-grant mission of access, engagement, and service to society.