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Postsecondary Education & Employment


Youth with intellectual disabilities have not had many chances to go to college. This is changing as individuals across the country begin to create opportunities for these youth to reap the benefits of postsecondary education. Visit ThinkCollege.net for information and links about the possibilities, including a database of college programs.

Equity and Excellence in Higher Education

The Equity and Excellence (E&E) project aims to ensure that all students, including those with disabilities, receive a quality higher education through refinement, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of the Universal Course Design (UCD) model of professional development for college faculty, administrators, and support personnel. E&E is currently working with faculty from UMass Boston, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Vermont, Rhode Island College, and the University of Maine. The project is funded from October 2005 - September 2008 by the federal Office of Postsecondary Education.

College Career Connection

The College Career Connection project collaborates with three Massachusetts school districts (Worcester, Somerville, and Malden) to develop postsecondary education and employment options for students with significant disabilities as they complete high school. Staff efforts include mapping and aligning resources in each district, building mutually beneficial relationships with area colleges and human services agencies, and supporting students directly (e.g., through job development and educational coaching) as they transition to postsecondary classes.

Related Links and Resources

Project Director: Debra Hart

Project Contact: Nancy Hurley

Project publications

ICI: promoting inclusion for people with disabilities