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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 IN! 101 Presentation Slides for Fall 2022
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.
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?
Autism and Higher Education Supports: There are a range of options for students with autism to receive varying levels of support in higher education. Join us for this webinar to hear about various programs in the state, including Elevate at ACC, GOAL at UNC, Inclusive Services at UCCS, CHOICES at CSU, and the ISSAC program at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
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're learned about success in college.
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 for students with intellectual disabilities and ways to implement them starting now! From IEP goals to self-determination strategies, learn how to include college preparation techniques early on in the school year for your students with ID.
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.
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.
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
Medicaid Waivers and College: Medicaid Waivers are a set of Health First Colorado benefits that you might be able to use in certain cases. These benefits can help you in your home and community. In this webinar, learn about how to access waivers and how they can be used in college. Download the webinar slide deck for access to additional resources.
Benefits Counseling: Benefits Counseling is a service that helps individuals with disabilities and their families understand how employment and other life decisions will impact their benefits (examples: Social Security, health insurance, housing assistance, etc.). Benefits Counseling addresses the fears and concerns many individuals and their families have about a reduction in benefits if they start to work. In this webinar, Melanie Honsbruch from the Colorado Office of Employment First, discusses what Benefits Counseling is, how to access it, when/why someone might access it, and more. Download the benefits counseling webinar slides.
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation 101: 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, will provide an overview of DVR - what it is, how to enroll, and how services can be used before, during, and after college.
Financial Considerations - ABLE Accounts: Learn about financial variables pertaining to students with intellectual and developmental 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 information on DVR and financial aid.
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 and developmental 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.