Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
Colleges and universities around the state are beginning to build hands-on work and academic experiences for high school students with intellectual disabilities before they transition to jobs and adult life.
Students with intellectual disabilities who had postsecondary education experiences have said they gained increased self-esteem, more responsibility, the ability to advocate for themselves, and greater freedom and independence.
Grants from the Indiana Partnership for Postsecondary Education and Careers, enable five of these Indiana colleges and universities to work closely with nearby school systems to identify students who would benefit from being included in on-campus work, social, and academic activities. A sixth program, at Vincennes University, is also providing a residential option for students accepted to the university who are working to obtain a certificate or degree.
The 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. Click here to see members of the Indiana Postsecondary Education Coalition, a group of agencies, organizations, and individuals promoting the growth of postsecondary education programs for students with intellectual disabilities.
Indiana Postsecondary Education Sites
- Franklin College
- Huntington University
- Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne
- Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
- Indiana Wesleyan University
- Vincennes University-Jasper Campus
- Vincennes University
In the Media
Resources & Links
- Think College
- Think College Indiana
- Think College Indiana video—See what’s it all about.
- “Why NOT College?”—Learn about how students with disabilities benefit from being included
- Is College for You? —Read the book to answer the question.
For more information, contact Jean Updike at firstname.lastname@example.org.