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Meet the Graduating Students!

In May 2020, Colorado will celebrate the first students with intellectual/developmental disabilities to graduate from schools offering inclusive higher education pathways. Mia, Nick, and Ashley were in the first cohort of students receiving supports from the Office of Inclusive Services at University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS), established under Senate Bill 196 in 2016.

Ashley, studies Advocacy and Human Services at UCCS

Ashley’s commitment to making sure that people with disabilities have a strong voice in their life has led her to working an internship focused on the work of self advocates at The Arc in Colorado Springs. Ashley has worked to develop her own public speaking skills through many communications classes at UCCS. While Ashley’s career commitment will keep her working at The Arc, her outside interests in fashion and the theater give her a full life with many outside activities.

Nick, studies Photojournalism at UCCS

Nick’s commitment to inclusion and desire to go to college led him to be among the first students with Down syndrome to attend UCCS. Nick began taking classes at UCCS before inclusive services were established at UCCS. His dynamic personality and commitment to learning allowed Nick to create great relationships with professors and his fellow students, which paved the way for the creation of the Office of Inclusive Services at UCCS. In addition to being a full-time college student, Nick has two jobs. His job at a local car wash allows him to dive into his love of cars and machines and his work at PEAK Parent Center gives him the opportunity to support those engaged in disability advocacy and inclusion.

Mia, studies American Sign Language and Education at UCCS

Mia has gone from avid coffee drinker at UCCS to barista! Mia is committed to making sure she takes advantage of all the opportunities college has to offer. Mia works two jobs on campus; one as a barista and another working for the Human Services office. Mia’s commitment to a career in sign language and education has led her to hold two different internships teaching young children to learn ASL. Mia has mastered all that it takes to live on campus! You will often find Mia taking Hip Hop classes at the Wellness Center or hanging out with friends and her boyfriend.

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Note: IN! does not provide any direct support to students. We are a non-profit that advocates for the establishment of inclusive supports on college campuses. Supports are provided by each university's staff and students graduate from their respective institute of higher education.

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