The Inclusive Higher Education Certificate Program's mission is to create and administer inclusive higher education programming through university, business, and adult agency partnerships that leads to meaningful employment for students with learning, intellectual, and developmental disabilities.
We believe that higher education for individuals with disabilities is a vehicle for self-empowerment, and it can increase students’ social circles, opportunities for employment, and independence. The Inclusive Higher Education Certificate Program (IHECP) designs individualized, inclusive college experiences for students with learning, intellectual, and developmental disabilities so they can attend classes, interact with instructors and peers, and explore all that college life has to offer.
Our university student services are designed to provide individualized supports for students with learning, intellectual, and developmental disabilities.
Events and open houses help the IHECP raise awareness about our student support services available on the downtown Denver Auraria Campus. Join us at one of our on-campus open houses or student activities.
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Your support makes the IHECP possible for students with learning, intellectual, and developmental disabilities. Whether you volunteer on campus, become a paid student mentor, or donate to support our students, you will be surprised at what a huge difference you can make.
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"If it was not for this program, I would not push myself out of my comfort zone and make myself do more than I thought I could." - Kate Y.
At IHECP, we encourage all of our students to step out of their comfort zone and reach their full potential. We can't wait to see what amazing things Kate does next!
At IHECP, we're dedicated to helping students with disabilities understand and access the services, scholarships, and accommodations available to them so they can make the most out of their college experience.
This article by Best Colleges is a great resource that really demonstrates the wide range of support available to students with disabilities today:
We love seeing inclusive programs of all kinds succeed! UCHealth's Project SEARCH is a local school-to-work transition program helping students with disabilities get competitive jobs in Colorado. We're excited to see more students get access to employment support and opportunities through inclusive programs like this.
Employing people with disabilities is good business! A recent study by Accenture and the American Association of People with Disabilities certainly proves just that. According to their findings, companies that hire people with disabilities outperform other organizations.
College can be especially costly for students with disabilities. Many families pay out-of-pocket for tuition, assistive technology, and tutoring. We believe it's vital for students with disabilities to know the funding options available to them.
Check out this guide on the best scholarships for students with disabilities:
Transitioning from high school into college can be difficult for any student, but students with disabilities face their own set of unique challenges. For these students, college represents a major shift in school responsibility: you’ll need to advocate for yourself to get the resources and services you need. Here are a few tips on how you can successfully adjust and what you'll need to prove disability in college:
How have you been celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month? Held each October, NDEAM aims to educate the public on disability employment issues and the role they play in fostering a disability-friendly work culture.
Learn how you can support NDEAM year-round by visiting the website:
At IHECP, we believe it’s important to educate students on what an inclusive college can do for them — instead of just marketing our own services. Recently, we've met a lot of families who have been wrongly told their options for inclusive college in Colorado are limited. We dive into what’s really going on in the local inclusive college movement and how families are being misinformed.
"I feel like I have really grown as a student in the IHECP program. Getting a good education, going to college, doing what other people didn’t think I could do.”
We couldn't be more proud of our college prep students and the confidence they embody! Read Jordan's full story here:
We're excited to spotlight 2019's Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Award Recipient Greg Root! For the past 14 years, Greg has served students with disabilities in the Access Center at MSU Denver and has been a staunch advocate for inclusion on campus.