Frequently Asked Questions
What are the criteria to attend the Wayfinders Program?
The criteria are to have a diagnosed intellectual/developmental disability, aged 18-28 years old, and the motivation to live independently. We currently have students with Down syndrome, Autism, Cerebral palsy and intellectual disability. For a detailed listing of eligibility criteria, please visit our Admissions page.
Will I earn a degree by attending Wayfinders?
No. Wayfinders students do not earn a degree through Wayfinders. To earn a degree from Fresno State, an individual must meet Fresno State Admission Requirements, apply, and be accepted to Fresno State as an enrolled undergraduate or graduate student.
Wayfinders students earn a Certificate of Completion from our program. Having a Certificate of Completion from Wayfinders signifies that the individual has increased their level of independence through significant progress in maintaining a living space, personal finance, self-advocacy, academic exploration, competitive employability, and social competency.
Will I take classes at Fresno State while in the Wayfinders program?
Yes. Wayfinders students enroll in Fresno State classes through Fresno State's Open Enrollment program, which permits members of the general community to take Fresno State classes after enrolled undergraduate/graduate students have registered and where space is still available in the class. Wayfinders students take a minimum of 6 units per semester, including Career Development. Students will work with staff on brainstorming classes of interest and developing a draft course schedule each semester. For more information about academics in the Wayfinders program, please see our University Inclusion page.
How long is the Wayfinders Program?
The duration of the program is 2 years.
What are the start and finish dates of a program year?
Students start August 1st and and the program year ends on June 30th. Students return home for the month of July, Thanksgiving break, Christmas break, and Spring break.
Can the student return home every weekend?
The Wayfinders program operates 7 days a week. The weekend may consist of residential workshops, academic tutorials, social activities, and work experience. If the student would like to visit home, they will need to submit a travel request 2 weeks prior to the date of travel.
Do the Wayfinders' students live on the Fresno State campus?
No. Wayfinders' students live at the Palazzo apartments, located right next to campus.
Is the Wayfinders program vendorized by the Regional Center?
Yes. If you are a client of a regional center, speak to your service coordinator about the possibility of your regional center providing funding for you to attend the program.
Can I enroll in Wayfinders if I am not a client of a Regional Center?
Yes. There is a private pay option. Please see the Financial Information page for more details.
Does Wayfinders offer 24/7 supports?
No. Coaches are scheduled from 7:00am to 10:00pm. Student are not supervised after this time. However, there is a staff member on call after hours in the case of an emergency.