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Why College

Higher education is an opportunity that should be available to all!


Many individuals with intellectual disabilities desire the same opportunities we all enjoy, and wish to pursue a college education that provides the potential for achieving a more fulfilling and independent life.

According to a study conducted by the College Transition Connection, students with ID who have post-secondary experience are much more likely to attain competitive employment, require less on–the–job support, and have higher self–esteem (College Transition Connection).

Nationally, students with ID who are completing inclusive college programs are experiencing many of the advantages of higher education, including increased job diversity, higher wages, and greater independence.  Choosing college and their own career path enables individuals with ID to earn a living wage.


It is never too early to prepare for higher education!

Resources for Families: This link will direct you to resources related to encouraging your student, connecting to other families, and funding higher education. 

Resources for Educators/Professionals: This link will direct you to resources to better understand inclusive higher education, ideas for the classroom, and research on the benefits of higher education for students with disabilities. 

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Currently, there are more than 250 inclusive higher education pathways in the United States.

Learn about the programs in Colorado.

Learn about the programs across the nation.

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