Inclusive Pathways: Enhancing Higher Education for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities June 3, 2024 at 1:15 pm

Individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities have the desire to attend college for a variety of reasons. The passage of the Higher Education Act (2008) created funding that enabled the development of Transition and Postsecondary Education Programs for Students with Intellectual Disability (TPSID) that now exist across 319 colleges nationwide. Students in these programs have the opportunity to enroll in traditional college courses for credit and earn a degree/ professional certificate. This presentation will give an overview of the Supporting Inclusive Practices in College (SIP-C) TPSID program located at Northern Arizona University. A recent graduate of the Early Childhood Education program and SIP-C student at NAU will also share their college experience and explain how supports from SIP-C made college more accessible.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the significance of inclusive higher education for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including its impact on employment, community integration, and independent living.

2. Explore effective peer support strategies, such as peer mentoring, in fostering positive outcomes for students with disabilities in post-secondary education.

3. Gain insights into the challenges and opportunities of inclusive practices in higher education, focusing on the SIP-C program in Northern Arizona and its role in supporting student success.


Musgrove, Risner, Smith
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