For those on the autism spectrum, college inclusion programs are a growing movement. With the increased number of people diagnosed as on the spectrum, awareness for their unique needs is being more frequently addressed. All across the country, and even internationally, the needs of those with disabilities is becoming more of a priority. Some changes are small and some are large, but it is a step in the right direction.
Colleges across the United States have been making changes to add more inclusion programs. These allow students with disabilities to receive a more traditional college experience than can be found at many colleges across the country. Over 260 programs have been created so those with intellectual and developmental disabilities continue to receive an education and experience a true college life.
Two higher ed programs in the Midwest are doing a fantastic job of this. The University of Kansas’ Transition to Postsecondary Education Program (KU TPE), and the Missouri State Bear Power program have both produced numerous success stories and provide opportunities to many students with disabilities.
The KU TPE college inclusion program is focused on working on developing one’s career, academics, and involvement in student life, all while living on campus and being immersed in a traditional college setting. You can learn more about the TPE program at The University of Kansas by viewing their site here, or you can stop by and see them at their upcoming roadshow. There are three sessions that will allow you to discover more about the TPE program. The dates are September 24th, October 12th and 27th. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend, learn more about the program, and ask the staff questions.
The Missouri State Bear Power program is also making waves in the inclusiveness arena. Much like the TPE program, the Bear Power program desires to help students with academics, living on campus and gaining independent living skills, and working on and developing what is needed to start a career. To find out more about their program, visit here.
These two Midwest schools are not the only colleges with programs dedicated to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To find programs near you, or a specific location, visit the Think College website for more information. With an interactive map, contact information, and a list of each states programs, there is plenty of useful information on this web page. It is amazing to see how much is available for those who are ready and excited to further their education.