The Rehabilitation Institute currently has several community-service programs that offer training and research experiences for students. For example, the Evaluation and Developmental Center provides vocational rehabilitation, adult education, and independent living services to adolescents and adults with disabilities. Project 12-Ways offers a behavioral intervention program to prevent child neglect and abuse. Speech and Hearing Services assess and treat people with communication disorders. The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders has added services to enhance the language and social skills of preschool children with autism. The service programs provide lifelong benefits to people with different rehabilitation needs, serving hundreds of citizens of Southern Illinois yearly. They also provide excellent real-world training and research opportunities for students.
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Approximately 25-30 students enter each of our master's programs each year. About half of the M.S. students enter just after receiving their bachelor's degree. Others enter after having worked and are seeking a career change or advancement. The students are a diverse group and enjoy close working relations with faculty members and each other.
SIUC is 350 miles south of Chicago and 100 miles southeast of St. Louis. Nestled in rolling hills bordered by the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and enhanced by a mild climate, the area has state parks, national forests and wildlife refuges, and large lakes for outdoor recreation. Much of the area is a part of the 240,000-acre Shawnee National Forest. Cultural offerings include theater, opera, concerts, art exhibits, and cinema. Educational facilities for the families of students are excellent.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a comprehensive public university, founded in 1869, with a variety of general and professional education programs. The University offers associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, in addition to the J.D. degree and the M.D. degree. The University is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Graduate School has an essential role in the development and coordination of graduate instruction and research programs. The Graduate Council has academic responsibility for determining graduate standards, recommending new graduate programs and research centers, and establishing policies to facilitate the research effort.