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Inclusive Model

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What is Inclusive Higher Education?

Inclusive Higher Education 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.

Admission Requirements

Students must:

  • 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

Students will:

  • Apply directly to the inclusive service office at the school of interest to them
  • Complete a three or four-year program
  • Earn a state recognized credential
  • Complete three courses each semester –following their individualized Plan of Study
    • Students take two courses that are inclusive from the school’s regular course catalog and one specialized course each semester designed to support students with IDD
  • 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 earn a Comprehensive Higher Education Certificate with a concentration in their area of study, awarded by their institute of higher education.
  • The goal is that students leave college prepared for employment and greater independence. 

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