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An inclusive higher education program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the University of Northern Colorado is celebrating its first class of graduates this spring. What comes next is a career and, with it, a greater sense of independence. A two-part series covered in partnership between The Colorado Sun and KUNC explores the path from college to career for these students.

In May 2021, a new group of students with intellectual disabilities will graduate from college in Colorado! Dylan is one of those students.

School is back in session! 70 students with intellectual and developmental disabilities are continuing to pave the way for future students in Colorado. Grace is one of these students. In this letter, we are covering Grace's journey to higher education, and hope to remind everyone that college acceptance is not always a straight path - and that's okay!

Recently I had the chance to interview two of Elevate at ACC's first students to graduate this year.

Congrats Kacie and Jazmine on your graduation from Arapahoe Community College!

College graduation is a proud achievement for any student. But, for a group of Colorado students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, it is a major milestone.

Can you help us get the word out about this major accomplishment and honor these trailblazers?

Last summer, Isabelle, a student at University of Northern Colorado, participated in Youth Leadership Forum (YLF).

Kacie, who will graduate from ACC in May, wrote an article for IN!'s blog about how she has changed from her freshman to senior year of college.

Ashley Mabry, who looks forward to family game night, sometimes watches TV and loves her internship at the ARC Pikes Peak Region, knew she wanted to go to college since the fourth grade, when she entered a “talent development” program at Hilltop Baptist School in Colorado Springs.

The first graduates of inclusive higher education are inspiring a new generation of students! Hear what advice college seniors with intellectual disabilities have for incoming college students.

While Mia, Ashley, and Nick prepare to graduate in May 2020, they are continuing to leave their mark on higher education and enhancing pathways for future students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). This month, the three graduating seniors from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) presented at the 2019 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Reno, Nevada. Their session: Steps for Designing Creative College Modifications. The audience: Higher education professionals.

Jazmine, a student receiving inclusive services at Arapahoe Community College, is set to graduate in May 2020. Jazmine's dedication to caring for others has fueled her passion for the nursing field. She currently holds an internship with Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Jazmine will graduate with a Nurse Aide Certificate and Comprehensive Higher Education Certificate. Learn more about Jazmine by clicking the link.

Last month we introduced you to Mia, Nick, and Ashley. In May 2020, they will become the first students receiving inclusive higher education services to graduate from UCCS. We spoke with each about their post-graduation plans. Click the link above to hear from them.

In May 2020, six students will become the first students with intellectual/developmental disabilities in Colorado to graduate from schools offering inclusive higher education pathways.

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