UNLV FOCUS

UNLV FOCUS FOCUS UNLV is a post-secondary education program for young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

F.O.C.U.S. (Forming Occupational and Community Understanding for Success) is a 2 to 4 year post-secondary education program for young adults with intellectual/developmental disability. uses the principles of the Universal Design for Learning and Person Centered planning to provide a 100% inclusive program to help college students achieve current and future academic, independent living, and employment goals.

Mission: The purpose of F.O.C.U.S. is to provide an inclusive, accessible, and productive career education program for college aged students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the Las Vegas valley that promotes self-determination, community engagement and partnerships, job readiness and transitions to adulthood through person-centered planning, inclusive teaching, evidence-based research, and positive behavior supports.

Operating as usual

Well, it's official. Our first socially distanced semester is in the books! We made it, y'all! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘  Check out some of ou...
12/18/2020

Well, it's official. Our first socially distanced semester is in the books! We made it, y'all! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘ Check out some of our favorite moments and a special congratulations to our FOCUS Graduates in our semester newsletter: https://buff.ly/3aqAaAY

Thanks to Nevada Public Radio for having us! Check out the interview here: tiny.cc/TodayOnSON
12/16/2020

Thanks to Nevada Public Radio for having us! Check out the interview here: tiny.cc/TodayOnSON

ICYMI: Great conversation today on the important work being done by Best Buddies Nevada, Special Olympics Nevada, and UNLV FOCUS to help people living with special needs, specifically intellectual and developmental disabilities, who are being hit the hardest by the pandemic.

Listen here: tiny.cc/TodayOnSON

This week, our team was finally able to deliver the Occupational and Career Life Studies Certificates to our Spring 2020...
11/13/2020

This week, our team was finally able to deliver the Occupational and Career Life Studies Certificates to our Spring 2020 FOCUS graduates! It may not have been the big celebration we wanted to have but still a HUGE accomplishment! Congratulations to Alex, Kyle and Otischa! We are so proud of you! ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŽ‰

#flashbackfriday #FOCUS #graduates #unlv #unlvrebels #congratulations

We are so excited to be partnering with the @AokiFoundation this weekend! Tune into @SteveAoki Card House on Sunday, Nov...
11/11/2020

We are so excited to be partnering with the @AokiFoundation this weekend! Tune into @SteveAoki Card House on Sunday, November 15th at 5pm for a Celebrity Pokemon Box Break with @RealKingPokemon - benefiting the Aoki Foundation and local organizations supporting Autism!

TONIGHT at 5:30! ๐Ÿค— If you haven't RSVP'd for our virtual info session yet, click here: https://forms.gle/eT4E4UwMkQcJ1mT...
10/21/2020

TONIGHT at 5:30! ๐Ÿค— If you haven't RSVP'd for our virtual info session yet, click here: https://forms.gle/eT4E4UwMkQcJ1mTaA

Do you know someone who wants to learn more about Project FOCUS? Are you interested in becoming a UNLV Rebel? Then mark your calendars for our virtual info session, happening Oct. 21 at 5:30PM! For details and to RSVP email [email protected].

Just ONE WEEK until our virtual info session, folks! Next Wednesday at 5:30PM! If you or someone you know is planning to...
10/14/2020

Just ONE WEEK until our virtual info session, folks! Next Wednesday at 5:30PM! If you or someone you know is planning to attend, be sure to RSVP at our link here ---> https://buff.ly/3dsYim4 ๐Ÿค— ๐Ÿ‘

Do you know someone who wants to learn more about Project FOCUS? Are you interested in becoming a UNLV Rebel? Then mark ...
10/08/2020

Do you know someone who wants to learn more about Project FOCUS? Are you interested in becoming a UNLV Rebel? Then mark your calendars for our virtual info session, happening Oct. 21 at 5:30PM! For details and to RSVP email [email protected].

Happy Fall, everyone! How is it October already? While it's been a heck of a year, one thing that's stayed consistent is...
10/02/2020

Happy Fall, everyone! How is it October already? While it's been a heck of a year, one thing that's stayed consistent is how incredibly hard working and motivated our FOCUS students are. From studying remotely, practicing social distancing, and adapting to an entirely new way of learning - these #UNLVRebels have continued to push forward and make it happen! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ“š #UNLV #unlvFOCUS #RebelsMakeItHappen

While our time together this Spring may have seemed shorter and looked different from years past, we Rebels made the bes...
05/23/2020

While our time together this Spring may have seemed shorter and looked different from years past, we Rebels made the best of it! Check out our latest newsletter update here: https://buff.ly/2ZtI2wk. We hope you all enjoy your summer and stay safe!

04/30/2020
UNLV Liberal Arts

We are SO fortunate to work with each of the amazing educational coaches and interns that are a part of our program each year.

Beca Candel is just one of the incredible individuals that make up our team at Project FOCUS and we are so proud to be a part of her journey. Thank you to UNLV Liberal Arts for sharing Beca's Flash Talks submission!

Congrats again to Rebeca Candel on your 1st place Flash Talk! Check out her video about her work with UNLV FOCUS.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyKsFnnd_GQ

Happy Thursday from Project #FOCUS! ๐Ÿ˜Šโ˜€๏ธ While classes might look a little different this semester, we are making the bes...
04/16/2020

Happy Thursday from Project #FOCUS! ๐Ÿ˜Šโ˜€๏ธ While classes might look a little different this semester, we are making the best of it and hope you all are too ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ Stay safe, everyone!
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#discoverunlv #socialdistancing #unlvrebels

Join us TONIGHT for a virtual info session on everything you need to know about Project FOCUS! We'll be meeting virtuall...
03/25/2020

Join us TONIGHT for a virtual info session on everything you need to know about Project FOCUS! We'll be meeting virtually starting at 7pm and would love for you to join us! Use this link to RSVP: https://buff.ly/2UAarfX and you will be sent a calendar invitation to the email provided.

Feel free to share with anyone that may be interested in learning about FOCUS! ๐Ÿ‘

Happy Monday, friends! We will be holding our upcoming informational session VIRTUALLY this Wednesday, March 25th. Don't...
03/23/2020

Happy Monday, friends! We will be holding our upcoming informational session VIRTUALLY this Wednesday, March 25th. Don't worry - we'll still be going over everything you need to know about Project FOCUS. Please share with anyone who may be interested!

***To attend, fill out our RSVP form here: https://buff.ly/2wnWmdL and we will send a link to your email.

Sending our best wishes of health and safety to each of you today ๐Ÿ™‚โ˜€๏ธ Please contact [email protected] with any questions!

Ready to be a Rebel?  ๐Ÿ’ฏ  Applications for Project FOCUS are due by April 1. Have questions? Get a chance to ask in-perso...
03/16/2020

Ready to be a Rebel? ๐Ÿ’ฏ Applications for Project FOCUS are due by April 1. Have questions? Get a chance to ask in-person at our Info Session next week, March 25. Interested in attending? RSVP here https://buff.ly/2W00R8A!

Interested in learning more about post-secondary education for individuals with disabilities? Join us for a Project FOCU...
03/10/2020

Interested in learning more about post-secondary education for individuals with disabilities? Join us for a Project FOCUS info session on 3/25 at 7pm! We'd love to welcome anyone with questions, interest in the program, or even just general curiosity. โ—๏ธ Please RSVP here https://buff.ly/2W00R8A โ—๏ธ Hope to see you there!

Pardon us for the radio silence, this semester has taken us for a loop! While we've been out and about, awesome things h...
03/02/2020

Pardon us for the radio silence, this semester has taken us for a loop! While we've been out and about, awesome things have been happening in our circle. We're absolutely STOKED to share that Ante For Autism was able to raise a whopping grand total of $142,531 for causes supporting autism awareness! We're incredibly grateful to be one of the recipients of their hard work and amazing dedication to this cause. Thanks so much to our contacts Doug and Karina for all your help!

Happy Tuesday, Rebels! โ˜€๏ธ Hope everyone had a great Holiday weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚ Donโ€™t forget we are having a FOCUS info session T...
02/18/2020

Happy Tuesday, Rebels! โ˜€๏ธ Hope everyone had a great Holiday weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚ Donโ€™t forget we are having a FOCUS info session TONIGHT at 7pm. This is for anyone and everyone interested in learning more about Project FOCUS. For more details and to RSVP check out this link: https://buff.ly/2SZkHOh

Know someone who might be interested in becoming a #UNLVREBEL? Join us next Tuesday 2/18 for an info session on Project ...
02/13/2020

Know someone who might be interested in becoming a #UNLVREBEL? Join us next Tuesday 2/18 for an info session on Project FOCUS! RSVP and more information here: https://buff.ly/31NEOTq

We're gonna holler our loudest for the Running Rebels tonight at the UNLV vs. UNR game!  ๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ€  We're meeting at 6PM in fro...
02/12/2020

We're gonna holler our loudest for the Running Rebels tonight at the UNLV vs. UNR game! ๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ€ We're meeting at 6PM in front of the Thomas and Mack center, wear red to support UNLV! ๐Ÿ”ด Go Rebels!

Week 4 of Spring 2020 semester and Project FOCUS students are taking it in stride like champs! ๐Ÿ˜Ž Come learn about our pr...
02/12/2020

Week 4 of Spring 2020 semester and Project FOCUS students are taking it in stride like champs! ๐Ÿ˜Ž Come learn about our program and hang out with us by volunteering, we love being able to take big groups to the SU to just hang out! ๐Ÿ˜ Check out the squad we collected from last Thursday's lunch hangout-- I think we're gonna need a bigger table! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Part of our passion about our program is getting our students to where they want to be. One awesome example is the one a...
02/05/2020

Part of our passion about our program is getting our students to where they want to be. One awesome example is the one and only Eric Clash. Eric is a massive roller coaster enthusiast and has been talking about his love of the amusement park world since he joined us fall of 2017. He's put in hard work with Project FOCUS to build his resume, work on job skills, and practice mock interviews until he mastered his craft. Before this semester started, Eric was able to attend the Students in Themed Entertainment conference at Ohio State with a FOCUS staff member, Carina. Over the course of the weekend, he networked with several theme parks and ultimately introduced himself a member of HR at Cedar Point. After wowing them with his enthusiasm and intense knowledge regarding the park, he was able to score a phone interview for the following week. After a little more practice honing his skills and building his confidence, all this work ended up paying off-- Eric is set to start his position as a sales associate at Cedar Point for summer 2020! We can't emphasize enough how proud we are of him and the hard work he's put in to making his dreams come true. Thanks for letting us be part of your journey Eric!

The 12th annual Ante4Autism tournament is officially underway! We are thrilled to be a part of such an incredible event!
01/26/2020

The 12th annual Ante4Autism tournament is officially underway! We are thrilled to be a part of such an incredible event!

Need to knock out some hours for a volunteering requirements? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Want to fluff up your resume? ๐Ÿ˜ณ Just want to hang w/ som...
01/24/2020

Need to knock out some hours for a volunteering requirements? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Want to fluff up your resume? ๐Ÿ˜ณ Just want to hang w/ some cool people & contribute to the community on campus? ๐Ÿค“ Project FOCUS is always encouraging people to come and hang out with our students! Sign up online today to make some friendships that will last a lifetime. ๐Ÿ‘

Who's ready to take on another semester? ๐Ÿ™‹ Project FOCUS students are all smiles on our first day back to campus! Spring...
01/22/2020

Who's ready to take on another semester? ๐Ÿ™‹ Project FOCUS students are all smiles on our first day back to campus! Spring 2020, here we come ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Call us delirious, but I think we're more excited for the semester to start than we were for last semester to end! ๐Ÿค“ We'...
01/16/2020

Call us delirious, but I think we're more excited for the semester to start than we were for last semester to end! ๐Ÿค“ We're ready to get back into the swing of things and start up what comes next. ๐Ÿ‘Š Spring 2020 here we come! ๐ŸŒŸ

Want to learn more about Project FOCUS? Join us for our free info session tomorrow night, Wednesday 1/15 at 7PM at UNLV,...
01/14/2020

Want to learn more about Project FOCUS? Join us for our free info session tomorrow night, Wednesday 1/15 at 7PM at UNLV, CEB room 133. You can RSVP using this link: https://buff.ly/384hxP1 Please email us at [email protected] if you have any questions. Hope to see you there! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Are you interested in learning more about Project FOCUS? Do you know someone who is interested in attending UNLV after h...
01/08/2020

Are you interested in learning more about Project FOCUS? Do you know someone who is interested in attending UNLV after high school? Come to our informational session NEXT WEEK! Wednesday, January 15th at 7PM in the CEB building.

Click here to RSVP and for more details: https://buff.ly/301LwUU

We are so excited to announce that Project FOCUS will be a recipient of this years Ante4Autism event - happening on Janu...
01/03/2020

We are so excited to announce that Project FOCUS will be a recipient of this years Ante4Autism event - happening on January 25th at the Golden Nugget Casino.

It is an honor to be partnering with such a great organization. Check out www.ante4autism.com to learn about how you can be a part of it!

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year from the FOCUS fam! We hope y'all have a safe and fun holiday. See you in 2020! ๐Ÿค— โœจ
12/31/2019

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year from the FOCUS fam! We hope y'all have a safe and fun holiday. See you in 2020! ๐Ÿค— โœจ

Happy Holidays, everyone! We have had yet another wonderful year here at UNLV FOCUS and we are so grateful for everyone ...
12/21/2019

Happy Holidays, everyone! We have had yet another wonderful year here at UNLV FOCUS and we are so grateful for everyone that is apart of this wonderful community.

Check out our Fall 2019 Newsletter for some highlights of this past semester. We'll see you next year, Rebels!

https://buff.ly/34LM6qy

#happyholidays #seeyounextyear #unlvfocus #discoverunlv #2019 #newsletter #UNLVrebels

Know someone who is looking for part time work? Send them our way! FOCUS is looking for an individual to join our team a...
12/17/2019

Know someone who is looking for part time work? Send them our way! FOCUS is looking for an individual to join our team as an Educational Coach for the Spring 2020 semester! See details below, if you or someone you know is interested send us an email at [email protected].

#nowhiring #parttime #unlv #FOCUS #discoverUNLV

Holy moly, are we at the end of the semester already? Last week until Winter Break finally hits! From Homecoming court t...
12/11/2019

Holy moly, are we at the end of the semester already? Last week until Winter Break finally hits! From Homecoming court to dance practice with the Rebel Girls, COE presentations and Karaoke nights plus everything in between, it's been an awesome semester that we can't wait to wish good bye to!

The semester is coming to a close and we couldn't be more grateful for the way it's gone! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Two weeks left to power thr...
12/03/2019

The semester is coming to a close and we couldn't be more grateful for the way it's gone! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Two weeks left to power through and then we're on to winter break! โ„๏ธ We're especially grateful to have had the most awesome experience with this semester's internships! Check out some of our FOCUS students in action. ๐Ÿ‘
Below we have:
Alex baking handmade cookies at Einstein Brothers Bagels ๐Ÿช
Aubrey celebrating Senior Night with the Women's Volleyball Team ๐Ÿ
Nick learning vocational skills with the College of Education IT Desk ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ
Madison at the UNLV Lynn Bennett Preschool ๐Ÿ‘ถ

Our experience at the State of the Art conference was absolutely incredible. ๐Ÿค“ We were so grateful to be able to send ou...
11/27/2019

Our experience at the State of the Art conference was absolutely incredible. ๐Ÿค“ We were so grateful to be able to send our students and staff up to get to talk about the benefits of inclusive post-secondary education and meeting others with experiences like ours. Our director, Ryan Wennerlind, was able to present on major topics in post-secondary education and introduce a panel of parents that shared their perspectives on transition programs and their importance. While the focus tends to be on the clinical aspect of Post-Secondary Ed (which is crucial of course,) it's also important to bring the voices of these individuals to light. Practical application is just as critical to understand and bring attention to the many faces of students and who these conferences are truly benefiting. We're counting down the minutes until next year's conference! ๐Ÿ˜

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F.O.C.U.S. (Forming Occupational and Community Understanding for Success) is a 2 year post-secondary education program for young adults with intellectual/developmental disability. F.O.C.U.S. uses the principles of the Universal Design for Learning and Person Centered planning to provide a 100% inclusive program to help college students achieve current and future academic, independent living, and employment goals.

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This is an awsome group of people and student. I am so grateful and blessed to have gotten to know and volunteer with them for a short time.Congratulations to all the graduates of 2020. Thank you Mr. Wennerland and everyone for allowing me to be a part of the group.