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ACC, UNC, and UCCS have approved Comprehensive Higher Education Certificates (CHEC) for students at their schools accessing inclusive higher education services! Click the title for more details.

Not sure if your child will like college? Wanting to see what it's all about? Summer camps on college/university campuses are a great way for students of all ages to start thinking about what it means to be a college student. This summer, ACC is launching Elevate Camp.

We interviewed Hannah, a peer mentor at UCCS. Read what she has to say about what makes being a peer mentor unique and how it has impacted her time as a college student.

We interviewed Abbey, a peer mentor at UNC. Learn more about the important work of peer mentors! They truly are the glue to inclusive higher education.

UNC GOAL is now a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)!

Inclusive higher education hits a milestone in Colorado as a second school achieves Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) status! Students with intellectual disabilities enrolled in a CTP may access federal financial aid. In January of 2019, Elevate at Arapahoe Community College (ACC) became the first program in Colorado to receive CTP status. GOAL at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) followed soon thereafter, receiving official designation in April of 2019. CTP status is a huge step towards inclusive at the college level and increasing access to higher education. You can read more about CTP at: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/eligibility/intellectual-disabilities

For Aaron, a student at UNC, success comes in many shapes and sizes. This includes joining a fraternity, transferring from a community college to university, and building self awareness.

The Comprehensive Higher Education Certificate, offered through Elevate at ACC, was approved as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP). Under CTP status, non-degree seeking students with intellectual disabilities may access federal financial aid.

State of the Art Conference Highlights

While inclusive higher education became available in Colorado in 2016, other parts of the country have been engaging in this practice for over a decade. Each year, professionals, teachers, and parents gather at the State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities to discuss progress made and current trends in inclusive higher education.
This year's keynote speaker, Kayla McKeon, was truly inspiring. Kayla is a lobbyist for the National Down Syndrome Society and the first Capitol Hill lobbyist with Down Syndrome. In her speech, she noted, “I hope to one day graduate from college....These are normal life goals we share with others.”

EnerCom generously supports IN!
EnerCom generously supports IN!

To kick off their 26th annual Oil & Gas Conference in Denver, EnerCom hosted industry leaders for an afternoon Golf Tournament at Arrowhead Golf Club. For the second year in a row, IN! was chosen by EnerCom as the recipient of the funds raised at the tournament. Thank you, EnerCom, for your generous and continued support of our Initiative. It was a wonderful day out on the course!

The 2018-19 school year has begun!
The 2018-19 school year has begun!

The past few weeks have been full of college orientations, back to school activities, move-in (for students opting to live in dorms or apartments), and the start of the semester for 48 students with intellectual disabilities in Colorado. This year marks the third year of the "Inclusive Higher Education Initiative" at Arapahoe Community College, the University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. With the academic, career, and social supports in place on each campus, students are truly excelling. Career interests range far and wide, including but not limited to, early childhood education, nursing, brewing, and mechanics. Social interests are just as diverse, ranging from knitting to student government to rugby. To the students out there, IN! is excited to see what this year brings for you and wishes you all the best!

Nick and Mia, two students with Down syndrome heading into their third year at UCCS, are interviewed by the local news.

The 2018 IN!spirational Person of the Year Award was awarded to Jazmine, a student at Arapahoe Community College. Jazmine exhibits a strong commitment to her career goals and is helping to pave the way for other students with intellectual disabilities. Click the link above to watch a video and learn more about Jazmine and her recent accomplishments!

Continuing the family tradition!
Continuing the family tradition!

Brendan stepped foot on campus at the University of Northern Colorado in the fall of 2017. He had watched both of his sisters go to college, and because of IN! he finally was able to do the same. Just turning 25, this is the first time college has been an option for him in Colorado. Brendan is excited to have the same college experience that his sisters were able to enjoy.

Cordelia Robinson Rosenberg and Marijo Rymer receive this year's award!

IN!'s Program Manager Intern, Sara Pielsticker, is the recipient of the 2017 SPARC Education Award for dedicating her gap year between college and law school as an intern at IN! providing valuable assistance toward the organization's goal to open inclusive college options for students with ID

The Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously raised the bar for the educational benefits owed to millions of children with disabilities in one of the most significant special-education cases­ to reach the high court in dec­ades.

On Tuesday night at the North Boulder Rec Center, clad in her purple trench coat with the golden Boulder emblazoned on the back and a tiara to match, Izzy proudly walked with her mother Eliza and father Todd as one of the six Panthers seniors that have left their stamp on Panthers swimming.

It is a passion she hopes to pursue when she steps on the campus of the University of Northern Colorado next fall in Greeley, something her mother has pushed hard for in the last few years.

Izzy Woloson is a swimmer. She is a Boulder Panther. A typical teenager, and ...Oh by the way, she has Down syndrome.

On Tuesday night at the North Boulder Rec Center, clad in her purple trench coat with the golden Boulder emblazoned on the back and a tiara to match, Izzy proudly walked with her mother Eliza and father Todd as one of the six Panthers seniors that have left their stamp on Panthers swimming.

It is a passion she hopes to pursue when she steps on the campus of the University of Northern Colorado next fall in Greeley, something her mother has pushed hard for in the last few years.

Eliza Woloson was part of a group that was instrumental in helping pass Senate Bill 196 — it created a pilot program for inclusive higher education for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities — through Colorado's legislature. It was signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper in the spring of 2016 and three schools — UNC, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and Arapahoe Community College — are all participating.

Highlights from the first semester for students in Elevate at ACC
Highlights from the first semester for students in Elevate at ACC

In fall of 2016, Elevate at Arapahoe Community College (ACC) directed by Jennifer Dena, set its students with intellectual disabilities (ID) up for success. The freshman class of five students all chose different career paths; paraprofessional, writer, business owner/game designer, music teacher, and health care assistant. Now in the third year, with nineteen students, career interests are even wider and students are even closer to reaching their independent goals.

Students in GOAL program gaining new skills in and out of the classroom

New program helping UNC students with developmental disabilities get education, find dream job

Senate Bill 196 is paving the way for individuals with intellectual disabilities to attend college in Colorado.