Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
Students with disabilities planning to attend college or a university have several options in Indiana. Those students graduating with a diploma can explore certificate and degree programs offered by Ivy Tech Community College's many campuses or the state's four-year universities. Requirements and eligibility for enrollment vary with the institution and the level of diploma the student has achieved.
In addition, six Indiana college programs are part of a nationwide initiative coordinated by Think College and funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education to promote postsecondary exploration and participation for students with developmental or intellectual disabilities.
Think College is a national organization dedicated to improving higher education options for people with intellectual disabilities. The organization, and its Hoosier affiliate Think College Indiana, support evidence-based practice by sharing knowledge, guiding change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals, and families.
In Indiana, the six postsecondary programs for students with cognitive/intellectual disabilities are coordinated by a group of agencies, organizations, and individuals known as the Indiana Postsecondary Education Coalition. The programs vary. Some are transition programs that work closely with nearby school systems to identify students who would benefit from being included in on-campus work, social events, and academic activities. These programs usually accept students in their final year of high school who will be leaving school with a Certificate of Completion. Other programs accept students who have already graduated or left their high schools.
Components of many of the Indiana programs include peer mentoring, the chance to attend or audit college courses, and work experiences on or off campus. Some programs are also providing a residential option for students accepted to the university who are working to obtain a certificate or degree.
Indiana Colleges and Universities Working with the Indiana Postsecondary Education Coalition
ABLE (Achieving Balance in Life Through Education)
Contact: Erica Marshall
AIM (Advocacy, Independence, Mastery)
Vincennes University-Jasper Campus
Contact: Mande Keusch
GWA (Giant Wildcat Academy)
Indiana Wesleyan University
Contact: Lisa Graham
Contact: Lisa Whytlow-Hill
More Postsecondary Education Resources
Think College Indiana
“Why Not College?”—information from the Indiana Postsecondary Education Coalition about the benefits of including students with disabilities
Postsecondary Education Success Stories from Think College Indiana
Is College for You? --a publication of the Center on Community Living and Careers
¿Es la Universidad para ti? —the Spanish version of Is College for You?
U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights - Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education
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