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

A few 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!

Contact us at or 509-335-4078.

Replay: Information Session

Frequently Asked Questions… ANSWERED!



The vision of WSU ROAR is to empower students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be self-determined, independent adults, achieving outcomes such as being employed in the fields about which they are passionate and seeking a rewarding and purposeful life. 


The mission of WSU ROAR is to provide a fully inclusive and residential comprehensive transition program to young adult students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. WSU ROAR strives to empower students to reach their personal and professional goals through program specific courseworkperson-centered planning, WSU audit courses, career-development, and facilitated campus and community experiencesWSU 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. 

Frequently Asked Questions… ANSWERED!