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Saturday, October 24, 2015

T is for Think College

More and more individuals with intellectual disabilities are finding a place at college after high school.

It might not look like a traditional college experience by the class courses/non-degrees, and in some ways some of the programs offered at some colleges aren't very inclusive at all, but there was a time when individuals with disabilities weren't even allowed on campus; so a lot of progress is being made.

Now students with intellectual disabilities are making plans to continue their education after high school by attending a college or university program designed with them in mind.

Think College is the go-to website for information about all of the programs that are offered in every state; 246 programs to date.

You can search through the various programs based on certain criteria and compare the different programs as well.

The website also has a list of resources for families to get more information about transition planning and participating in post-secondary education.

Think College is doing a lot to advance the opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Here is a document on Building Inclusive Campus Communities: A Framework For Inclusion.

Now that Kayla is in middle school it feels like her school years are going warp speed and she'll be finished with high school before I know it. I'm glad that she will have opportunities and choices available to her for post-secondary education, like the REACH Program at the College of Charleston, especially since she has a scholarship waiting for her.

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Rebecca said...

I have been looking for a list like this! I teach students with intellectual disabilities and have been telling them that college is for them but have never had such a great resource for the students and their families! Thank you for posting this.

Sabrina Steyling said...

Think College is a very cool (and long overdue) thing! Love it!

Heather said...

Think College is awesome!! Has Kayla expressed an interest in a particular area of study / employment?