"So accustomed are people to traditional schooling they may intuitively think that special education can’t be done outside the classroom. Online schools show us that’s not the case." Full-time online public schools in over 30 states educate tens of thousands of students, including students with disabilities.
College environment is more fast-paced and demanding than high school. Many students need guidance to meet these new challenges with confidence. That's why we offer academic coaching: to help students develop the self-advocacy and executive function skills they need to thrive in college (and beyond). Learn more about our academic coaching services today!
As we approach the halfway point in 2020, many of us may be worried about what's to come. When we face troubled times, how can we respond with kindness for ourselves and others? Empathy and gratitude, as well as a giving nature and open mind, can help.
Taking a break from virtual learning to catch up on your summer reading? Here is an excellent list of books by authors with disabilities, available in multiple formats for all readers.
This educator shares how she uses Google's G Suite for Education to help her students work at their own pace, incorporate their own choices in their learning, and develop their hobbies. We especially love how the Google Slides Q&A feature is used, which allows students who have trouble communicating to post questions for the presenter to tackle at the end of the presentation.
Did you know that one year after exiting our program, 100% of students had a paying job? That's compared to 61% of inclusive programs nationally and 17% of adults with an intellectual or developmental disability who had not participated in inclusive higher education.
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.
We are so excited to be receiving applications for the Fall 2020 semester!
If you know a student who would benefit from IHECP's continuum of services, let us know or share with them how studying with an inclusive college like IHECP can help students gain independence and achieve their educational goals:
The need for remote learning isn't new — students with disabilities have always needed it. Because of the effects of coronavirus, though, we're finally seeing shifts that allow education to be more accessible for all students. Hopefully, this continues for our students who will continue to need these services.
While we are unable to host our annual IHECP Certificate Ceremony, that doesn't mean we can't celebrate! Dean Elizabeth Hinde is the recipient of our 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award, and we look forward to presenting her with her award when we can finally see her in person again!
There's a lot of discussion about using the term "difference" instead of "disability." But here at IHECP, we are embracing the word "disability. Here's why:
Are you or someone you know considering inclusive college for a student with learning, intellectual, and developmental disabilities? Here are 5 tips to help you (or them) find the right college.
We consider our inclusive education services to be highly adaptable to a student's needs — and just as unique as they are! Learn more about IHECP services and how we support students with learning, intellectual, and developmental disabilities.
IHECP has gone totally virtual — and it's going well! Do you know a student who would benefit from online college prep or academic coaching? Let them know we're taking applications!
Learn more about our services to determine which program is right for you or your student here.
For students with learning, intellectual, and developmental disabilities, remote learning can be a new challenge. Our Executive Director, Cathi Allen recently recorded a training on how to teach at home.
Many students with learning, intellectual, and developmental disabilities are leaving high school expecting to go on to college and transition to work and community life. However, until recently, these individuals have had limited access to higher education. Now, thankfully, students with different abilities have options.
Interested in applying for student services with IHECP? Application season is upon us!
You can learn more about our services to determine which program is right for you and take the next steps here.
Do you have questions about what we offer at IHECP? Check out our FAQ here.
Who are “teacher candidates,” and what do they do with IHECP?
In this blog post, we talk about teacher candidates, aka field experience students, from MSU Denver’s School of Education and how their work with IHECP goes beyond fulfilling their own degree requirements to become teachers.
According to DiverseJobs, experiencing college can raise confidence and self-esteem, which promotes self-advocacy. They also say that these are key attributes that can help individuals with disabilities obtain employment and become independent members of society.
We're prone to agree.
Unfortunately, scholarship scams happen. If you're seeking scholarships for inclusive higher education, definitely read this.
At IHECP, we believe that everyone has the right to make their own choices.
Check out this resource from the National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making on your right to make choices.
If you’re still not sure what you’re doing over spring break, check out these ideas for how you can have fun and give back.
How can we be kind in times of darkness? Today we’re going to talk about just that, and how we can continue to live altruistically when facing heart-wrenching times.
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.
After 4 Seasons, A&E Pulls Plug On 'Born This Way'
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?