Students with intellectual disabilities will be welcomed on college campuses and allowed to continue their education and preparation for life, as inclusive pathways become part of the fabric of all colleges and universities throughout Colorado.
The Colorado Initiative for Inclusive Higher Education (IN!) is a non-profit founded in 2014 by educators, disability leaders, students and families who have a vision for better and more fulfilling career opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities (ID).
Until recently, society’s low expectations coupled with limited opportunities have prevented people with ID from the benefits associated with a higher education. While peers move to the next phase of their lives, students with ID sit on the sidelines. Consequently, they transition from high school to adult day programs, very low paying jobs, or, in too many cases, simply end up sitting idly at home with limited social outlets. Many individuals live hopelessly below the poverty line, and have little prospect of rising above it.
History was made in 2016!
Due to the work of IN!, we made history in the fall of 2016 when the first three Colorado colleges opened their doors to students with ID:
University of Northern Colorado
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Arapahoe Community College
Colorado is desperately behind what is happening nationally and was one of the last states to provide options for inclusive higher education.
IN! is actively working to have inclusive college opportunities for individuals with ID available statewide and woven into the natural fabric of all higher education.
Learn more about Colorado's Inclusive Higher Education pathways!