The Inclusive Higher Education Act
The Inclusive Higher Education Act is an individualized approach to education and inclusion in college for students with intellectual disabilities. These are individuals who have either traditionally not been able to meet the standard admissions criteria for college, or require additional supports in order to be successful in college.
- Have completed high school (no SAT / ACT required)
- Have a documented intellectual disability
- Desire to go to college
- Be able to participate in class and campus activities with support
- Express an interest to live and work as independently as possible
These students will:
- Complete the four-year program
- Earn a state recognized credential
- Complete three course each semester –following the individualized Plan of Study
- Take two courses that are inclusive from the school’s regular course catalog and one specialized course designed to support students with ID each semester
- Join clubs and participate in campus activities
- Participate in career related internships
- Engage in paid on-campus and off-campus employment
- Set goals and develop a clear career path
Each program is designed to reinforce the student’s success on campus with a mixed/hybrid model of support.
- Students receive both accommodations and modifications as needed in their courses.
- All students are provided with additional academic and social support through person-centered planning, peer mentors, and their school's office of disability services.
- Students do not receive a traditional diploma, but the work is under way by The Colorado Inclusion Consortium, led by IN!, to establish a standardized state-wide credential for students who complete the program.
- The goal is that students leave college prepared for employment and greater independence.