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Inclusive Higher Ed

Student Stories

College is possible!

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Hear Vince talk about what going to college has meant to him.

Brendan stepped foot on campus at the University of Northern Colorado in the fall of 2017. Now, in 2021, he will become one of the first students with Down syndrome to graduate from UNC!

In May 2021, Paige will become one of UNC's first graduates of inclusive higher education! Learn more about Paige and her journey through college.

Read about Isabelle, a UNC senior, and her experience since getting accepted to college four years ago.

Teams of two from postsecondary education programs were invited to apply for the Think College Policy Advocate yearlong policy education program. Each team had to include one student in a postsecondary program and one staff person, both with a desire to learn more about public policy and advocacy. They will continue after DPS to learn, expand, and apply their DPS lessons to the work they do to promote their programs with policymakers at home.

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, Isabelle will be one of the first students accessing inclusive higher education at University of Northern Colorado to graduate!

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.

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