At IHECP, we believe that higher education for individuals with disabilities is a vehicle for self-empowerment, and it can increase students’ social circles, chances for employment, and independence.
Best Colleges has written this thought-provoking, ultimate guide to success for students with disabilities and we think every higher education student with disabilities (and their families) should read it.
We aim to help students with disabilities navigate their college experience in the most stress-free way as possible. Our hope is to be an advocate for our students during their journey.
This article from the American Psychological Association is a wonderful resource that teaches students how to adjust to their lives as college students as seamlessly as possible.
"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.
Although disability is often viewed as a defect, The Student Disability Center at Colorado State University is working hard to change that perspective. We're proud to see so many colleges in Colorado embracing the inclusive movement!
The transition from high school to college can be difficult for any student, but students with disabilities face a unique set of obstacles on their way to postsecondary education. Thankfully, there are many ways you can prepare for the transition.
At IHECP, we’re dedicated to raising expectations of what students with disabilities can accomplish. Not just in a higher education setting, but as members of our community. Our team has extensively researched other established and successful programs across the U.S. and Canada to create a hybrid program that has become the first truly inclusive college program in the state of Colorado.
Come hear new ideas about higher education. Dr. Charlie Buckley is presenting a TED talk about inclusion and inclusive practices.
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The transition to college is a big milestone, but for students with disabilities, the additional stress of finding a college with inclusive services that fit their needs can be overwhelming. Looking for the right inclusive college is a journey, and IHECP is devoted to helping students on this journey by giving them the resources they need to choose the school that will best serve them.
There are a few questions that students and families can ask themselves when deciding which inclusive college is the right fit. Answering these questions will help narrow down the search to find an inclusive college that works best for their individual needs.
IHECP students are back on campus starting Monday, August 19th to begin our 5th year of Raising Expectations and Transforming Lives through inclusive higher education.
The proposed change to DSM-5 Intellectual Disability criteria would lead to under-identification and potential loss of services and protections.
Look who is our newest Roadrunner! Congratulations Nirvana.
At IHECP, we want to ensure that students with learning, intellectual, and developmental disabilities have access to services that help them succeed in their higher education and post-college life goals. That’s why we’re always improving our services to better serve our students.
Through our blended services, students are able to foster their independence, develop their social skills, and expand their options for meaningful employment after college.
IHECP offers three major services to students with disabilities in Colorado: College Prep, Inclusive Support Services, and Academic Coaching. While each of these services are available on their own, we find that many students benefit from a continuum of services, meaning they can access multiple services at once. This, of course, depends on their goals and needs when they enroll on the Auraria Campus.
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Why We’re Focused on Serving Students, Not Selling to Them
Within IHECP, we’ve embraced the idea of inclusion on the post-secondary level as a movement that empowers students with disabilities and their families. We’ve always been passionate about leading the inclusion movement, which is why we strive to give students access to all of the inclusive services and resources available to them so they can decide what works best for their needs. If our services aren’t the right fit for a student, we want to make sure they know their options so they can experience college the way they deserve.
Recently, we’ve met a lot of families and professionals who weren’t aware of the different inclusive academic services available in the state of Colorado. They’ve heard from other groups that there are only three college campuses in Colorado that provide these inclusive services to students with disabilities. We’ve heard that, too.
Here’s why that’s wrong, and what’s really going on in the inclusive college movement: Misleading Marketing
MSU Denver is leading the way! #MSUDenverIsInclusive
For as long as I can remember, terms like ‘disability’ or ‘disabled’ were seen as offensive and treated as a pejorative. Describing a person as disabled brought up negative connotations, unintentionally implying that they were lacking in something. To avoid the uncomfortable feelings associated with the phrase (or the reality of) disability, society steered instead towards other terms, like ‘different.’
This new language was, at the time, viewed as much more positive. Like so many others, I myself have used this terminology, both in my personal life and in my work here at IHECP. That was, until I began to see the multitude of studies and disability movements embracing the word ‘disability.’ Rather than viewing the word as a negative connotation, the community at large is now reclaiming it as an empowering identifier.
There are countless individuals and groups who have been speaking out about why they don’t like to be called ‘different’ — and they need us to listen. So I’m listening. Are you?
Congratulations to Elise for earning her Early Childhood Teacher, Level I and Level II Certificates from the Community College of Denver while working at the Auraria Early Learning Center. Elise is the first Community College of Denver graduate with support from IHECP Academic Coaching services.
Greg Root, Assistant Director of the MSU Denver Access Center, was honored in the MSU Denver Early Bird this week.
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