L.I.V.E.S. ProgramThe LIVES Program is a four-year transition program located on the campus of the State University of New York - College at Geneseo. The L.I.V.E.S. Program provides students with intellectual and/or other developmental disabilities the opportunity to learn independence, vocational, and educational skills within an inclusive community. 

The L.I.V.E.S. Program is an educational and vocational initiative funded through a collaborative partnership with SUNY-Geneseo, Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (GVEP), Hilltop Industries (a Division of The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming), and Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Services Office. It is designed to provide transition and post-secondary programs for students with intellectual and or other developmental disabilities who are eligible for OPWDD (Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities) services (21 years and older section) and live in Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates Counties.

The SUNY-Geneseo/GVEP L.I.V.E.S. Program will seek to accept 8 -12 new students each year, typically 18 years of age or older at the start of their program and have an intellectual or other developmental disability.

The SUNY-Geneseo/Arc of Livingston Wyoming L.I.V.E.S. Program will seek to accept 8 -12 new students each year, typically 21 years of age or older at the start of their program and who meet eligibility criteria for OPWDD services.

The L.I.V.E.S. Program will address the development of and improvement in:

  • Independent Living Skills to enhance success in the community and family life
  • Vocational and Career Exploration Skills
  • Educational Skills in functional skills in reading, math, and writing, and academic classes of interest to individual students
  • Social Recreation and Leisure Skills and Social Relationships

Each student will participate in an individualized diagnostic assessment, including career interests, learning styles, social and independent living skills, and academic skills assessments. From these assessments, and information from students regarding their individual goals and needs, a plan of study will be developed. This initial plan will be for one year in duration but may need to be continued beyond the first year, depending upon student need. At the completion of their plan of study and their individually designed capstone project, students will receive a certificate of completion and an assessment of their digital portfolio, highlighting progress toward their goals. Students participating in the L.I.V.E.S. Program will have gained valuable skills which will enable them to live a more satisfying and independent life.