I have to admit, I have been giddy ever since I began researching college opportunities for children with special needs. How exciting! We have always told our 13-yr old daughter with Down syndrome she would be going to college some day, but it was one of those hopeful comments where I wasn’t really sure it would ever be a reality.
Vanderbilt, Ohio State University, University of Kentucky, Syracuse University and on and on and on. I sorted through 200 programs throughout the United States. 200! Only a few years ago, when this subject was first brought to my attention, there were a mere handful of these programs in the US. I was very surprised to see the great strides our educational community is making to make college a reality for young people with intellectual disabilities.
First, I would like to bring a great website to your attention, Think College. This is an unbelievable resource for families, students and professionals. It outlines the program format and provides contacts for 200 colleges, universities, and organizations providing post-secondary educational programs for young adults with intellectual disabilities.
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Editor’s Note: This article was written based on United States school. There are opportunities in Alberta for post secondary education.