SDAP Celebrates Ten-Year Anniversary on April 22

Appalachian State University’s Scholars with Diverse Abilities (SDAP) program is excited to celebrate its ten year anniversary on Friday, April 22, 2022, with multiple events throughout the day and across campus. 

For ten years, SDAP has provided a fully inclusive college experience for students with intellectual disabilities. The program offers instruction in academic, career, independent living, community and social engagement skill development with the goal of supporting a meaningful adult life. 

The program, run by a small staff and hundreds of student volunteers, fosters inclusivity at App State in a myriad of ways. Scholars take courses and engage in cocurricular activities of their choice, impacting the whole of the App State campus community. Scholars live in residence halls, join clubs and student organizations, work paid campus jobs, participate in campus-led service trips and attend sporting and cultural events. The diversity the scholars bring to campus contributes to the transformative Appalachian Experience for all students. 

SDAP is currently one of only three such university programs in North Carolina.

The SDAP offices are housed in the Reich College of Education (RCOE).

Multiple Opportunities to Celebrate

The day will offer multiple opportunities for current scholars, graduates of SDAP, faculty who have taught SDAP students, as well as others to celebrate the achievements of the program. 

  • 9:00 am - 11:00 am: Coffee Talk (RCOE Rotunda)
  • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm: Lunch (Roess Dining Hall - Jimmy Smith Room)
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Campus Walk - "A stroll down memory lane" (Leaving from the Jimmy Smith Room in the Roess Dining Hall) 
  • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm: SDAP Anniversary Celebration (Grandview Ballroom) 

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The festivities are open to anyone. Please RSVP. For more information, email

SDAP 10 Year Anniversary
Published: Apr 7, 2022 12:38pm