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Inclusive Higher Education General Information
IN! 101 - Overview of Inclusive Higher Education in Colorado: An overview of supports available to students with intellectual disabilities at Arapahoe Community College, University of Northern Colorado, and University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Download the Fall 22 IN! 101 Presentation Slides here.
Debunking Common Misconceptions about Inclusive Higher Education: Addressing fears surrounding college inclusion for students with intellectual disabilities. From parents to college faculty, we want to identify and debunk the misconceptions you might have about what college inclusion can/should look like so that you feel both excited and empowered by the possibilities.
Differences Between Disability Services and Inclusive Services in Higher Education: Addressing the key differences between standard disability services available at all higher education institutions and the services offered within inclusive higher education programs. Tune in to see which option is most appropriate for you or the students you work with.
Inclusive College Outcomes: Hear about the outcomes of inclusive college programs both nationally and in our state. What are our graduates up to now? How are inclusive higher education programs preparing students for meaningful futures?
Four Pillars of Inclusive Higher Education
IN! Academics: Overview of inclusive higher education programs in Colorado and a deeper look at academic supports available for students with intellectual disabilities. Hear from 2 graduates about their academic experiences! Download the webinar slide deck to access additional resources.
IN! Employment Support: Overview inclusive higher education programs in Colorado and examine the vocational development for students with ID. Guest presenter: Employment Coordinator from Office of Inclusive Services at UCCS. Download the webinar slide deck to access additional resources.
IN! Independence and Campus Living Supports: Overview inclusive higher education programs in Colorado and hear from 3 graduates and their parents about living independently during and after college. Download the webinar slide deck here.
IN! Social Engagement: Overview inclusive higher education programs in Colorado and hear from 3 panelists (1 student, 1 graduate, and 1 peer mentor) about social development in college. Download the webinar slide deck here.
Student and Parent Panels
Inclusive College Experiences - Student/Parent Panel: Hear words of wisdom from students and families that currently or previously attended an inclusive higher education program at ACC, UNC, or UCCS. They will share their best tips regarding how to prepare for college and navigate the transition after high school.
Preparing for College - Student/Parent Panel: This session is tailored for parents and will discuss preparing your child with a disability for college. Hear from current college students and their parents regarding what they've learned about success in college.
Life After College - Alumni Panel: Hear from past graduates of inclusive higher education programs (Brianna, Elnaz, Paige, and Noah) share about their life after college. Alumni will address social engagement, employment, independence, and more!
Transition from Higher Education to Employment - Perspectives of Recent Graduates and Families: A webinar hosted by Colorado's Office of Employment First. In May 2020 Colorado saw our first graduates of inclusive higher education pathways! Hear from those graduates on how college prepared them for their future careers. Speakers include graduates, a parent, and a team member from the Office of Inclusive Services at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.
Preparing for College
Back to School with IN! - General College Preparation for Students with ID: Discuss college preparation techniques and goal setting for students with intellectual disabilities within the four pillars of inclusive higher education (academics, employment, independence, social engagement). Download the webinar slide deck to access additional resources.
Goal Setting for Postsecondary Success: Examine the development of appropriate post-secondary goals for students with ID within the four domains of academics, social, career, and independence. Download the webinar slide deck to access additional resources.
Essential Steps for College Readiness - Early Childhood Through High School: Research shows the importance of early preparation for students with ID desiring inclusive higher education. Whether you are an elementary, middle, or high school special educator, this webinar will provide a simple progression of steps to offer your students in each stage of their education. Download the webinar slide deck to access additional resources.
Teaching techniques to incorporate college preparation for your students with ID: Identify powerful practices K-12 educators can implement in their classrooms to set students with ID up for post-secondary success. Download the webinar slide deck for additional resources.
IN! 101 + Applications: Overview inclusive higher education programs in Colorado and take a deeper look at the application process. Download the webinar slide deck for additional resources.
Preparing Students with Disabilities for College in Colorado: A collaboration between IN! and the Colorado Department of Education.
Preparando para ir a la universidad (Espanol/Spanish): Hablaremos de todo lo que tu necesitas saber para que los estudiantes con capacidades especiales vayan a la universidad.
Disability Resources and College
Accessing Community-Based Services Before, During, and After College: Hear from a local Community Centered Board, Developmental Pathways, about ways to access adult waiver services that will serve your students with IDD in their home or community. Download the Developmental Pathways slide deck here or access a previous Medicaid waiver slide deck from the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Finance here.
Financial Considerations - Paying for College & Benefits Counseling: Explore a variety of resources to help cover the costs of college. Hear from a guest presenter from the Colorado Office of Employment First (COEF) about Benefits Counseling. Click here to access the slides from IN!'s portion of the webinar. Click here to access the slides from COEF's portion of the webinar.
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) & Employment Support: The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation provides a wide variety of individualized services to support people with disabilities to reach their employment goals. In this webinar, Darby Remley, guest speaker from Colorado DVR, provides an overview of DVR, ways students within inclusive higher education programs can access DVR, and how DVR can continue to support post-graduation. Click here to access the slide deck.
Saving for College - ABLE Accounts: Learn about financial variables pertaining to students with intellectual disabilities in higher education and hear how ABLE accounts can help meet financial needs. You can also tune in to the 2020 financial variables webinar which includes additional information on DVR and financial aid resources.
DIP Into Disability Speaker Series: This speaker series is offered by Easterseals Colorado and funded by Denver Human Services. IN! provided a presentation on college options for students with intellectual disabilities. At the link above, you will find a variety of other recorded and upcoming presentations including: Transition Services, Caregiver Respite, Employment Services, DVR, Benefits Counseling, Navigating Medicaid Waivers, and Social Security.
Statewide Movement for Inclusive Higher Education
Needs Assessment Results & Next Steps: The results are in! From April-July 2021 IN! conducted a statewide needs assessment to better understand college interests of students with intellectual disabilities (ID) across the state, and barriers to college that they may be facing. This recorded presentation provides a summary of the findings and a discussion of ways we can all collaborate to improve college access for students with intellectual disabilities. Download a copy of the written needs assessment report.
Status of Inclusive Higher Education in Colorado Spring 2021: Senate Bill 16-196 created a 5-year pilot program to establish inclusive higher education programs for students with intellectual disabilities at the University of Northern Colorado, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and Arapahoe Community College. Hear updates from leaders on strategies, barriers and successes of inclusion in the university programs participating in the pilot. Download Status of Inclusive Higher Education presentation slides.