COLORADO INCLUSIVE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
August 30, 2018
“People with intellectual disabilities are surprising everyone but themselves!”
Wonderland Homes is partnering with IN! to create inclusive college opportunities in Colorado for students with intellectual disabilities (ID) to foster academic growth, social development and career advancement.
Until recently, society’s low expectations coupled with limited opportunities have prevented people with ID from the benefits associated with a higher education. While peers move to the next phase of their lives, students with ID sit on the sidelines. Consequently, they transition from high school to adult day programs, very low paying jobs or, in too many cases, simply end up sitting idly at home with limited social outlets. Many individuals live hopelessly below the poverty line, and have little prospect of rising above it.
Through the work of IN!, for the first time in the history of Colorado, students with intellectual disabilities were fully matriculated on campus and attending classes at Arapahoe Community College, the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Across the nation, graduating students are rising to these higher expectations and are learning to navigate the world more independently. The inclusive college integration has fostered tremendous personal growth and has improved the students’ ability to support themselves, build their skill set, and gain meaningful employment.
IN!’s vision is that students with ID will be welcomed on all colleges and universities in Colorado. Watch this video to learn more!