Expanding Career, Education, and Leadership for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Excel Program offered by the Georgia Institute of Technology is a four-year college program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) leading to two separate Certificates. The first is a Certificate in Academic Enrichment, Social Fluency, and Career Exploration and the second is a Certificate in Social Growth, Leadership, and Career Development.

Excel provides a structured, supportive, and inclusive postsecondary educational opportunity and addresses the full scope of the needs of this population from fundamental academics to social activities and vocational preparation. The program activities are categorized into one or more categories: academics, social fluency, independent living, career exploration, and development.

Excel Student Spotlight

Excel’s Sophomore Antonio Contreras’ feature in Think College’s Student Spotlight! Click here to check it out!

Excel at Georgia Tech student Martha Haythorn interviewed Excel Director Ken Surdin for her podcast. Martha is a passionate self-advocate who believes in the full inclusion of people with disabilities. She has met with state representatives and attended advocates’ meetings to further the cause of supporting people with disabilities. She also hosts Mondays with Martha, a vlog focused on disability rights through The Arc Georgia’s YouTube channel. Watch the interview below.




Check Out Our Podcasts!

Georgia Tech Excel Program with Terry, Ken, and Excel student Aaron Washington. Click here to listen.

Your Legacy of Care - Charlie, Roy, Scott and Rhonda.  Caroline and Donald Bailey interview Frankie’s parents and Drew’s parents.  Frankie graduated in 2019 and Drew in 2020. Click here to listen.

Learn how program design and curriculum development enhances the college experience.  Donald and Caroline interview Elana Himmelfarb, who conducts social pragmatic/executive function groups with all excel students. Click here to listen.

See how Excel uses external support to enhance the post secondary experience at Georgia Tech, Donald and Caroline interview Mike Fox (who helped develop the transition curriculum for seniors to prepare for life after Excel). Click here to listen.




Program Overview

An overview of the Excel program at Georgia Tech.

Program Overview



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