Inclusive higher education opens the doors to college for students with intellectual disabilities (ID) to create a better path toward meaningful employment and independence.
When you give to IN!, you are supporting our commitment to provide:
1. COMMUNITY OUTREACH
IN! informs community members of the college possibilities for students with intellectual disabilities via presentations, resource fairs, webinars, and personal consultations.
"I just want to say how inspired I am by what you've been able to do. It's a reminder that we can make a difference in our communities." -Community Partner
2. FAMILY RESOURCES
IN! Provides relevant resources for families to prepare and navigate the path to inclusive higher education, including information on college preparation skills, financial considerations, available supports and services.
“It’s an inspiration to us and our 12-year-old daughter. This looks very promising as a possibility for her. It is so encouraging.” -Parent
3. TEACHER PREPARATION
IN! provides statewide trainings and resources to teachers, counselors, and disability professionals on how to prepare students with ID for college while advocating for increased inclusion of individuals with disabilities in our communities.
“I got goosebumps at the enthusiasm for college that the students have. This experience is a must for the future of all students”. –Teacher
3. STUDENT MENTORSHIP & PREPARATION
IN! facilitates annual mentorship programs, giving high school students with ID an opportunity to learn about college from current college students enrolled in inclusive higher education.
“A lot of high school teachers tell a lot of students with disabilities they can’t go to college. I think it’s not fair, because we’re people too.” -Student
5. PROGRAM GUIDANCE & BEST PRACTICE
IN! provides technical assistance to current school partners by leading the state-wide consortium. These efforts ensure sustainable, quality inclusive higher education programs focused on academics, social engagement, and career development.
"We cannot put limits on people. With our students, they're the ones that say 'I want to do this and I will do this.' And they can!" -Peer Mentor
6. COLLEGE EXPANSION & LEGISLATION
IN! works to pass necessary legislation, provide start-up funding, and offer program development guidance. Advocating for students with intellectual disabilities to have equitable access to college, IN!’s work will continue until inclusive pathways become part of the fabric of all colleges throughout Colorado.
"I'm really excited that this work continues. I know it is not done, and I know I am not done." -Colorado State Representative
7. ALUMNI GROUPS & MEASURING SUCCESS
IN! is committed to tracking the outcomes of students to demonstrate the impact higher education has in their lives. Continuing to expand the alumni community, IN! Ensures inclusive higher education graduates are celebrated, connected, and continuing to reach goals together.
"The bar has been set high, and the students have risen and reached it! They have been presumed competent and their lives changed." -Graduate Parent