Take advantage of IHECP’s Free Application Event Tuesday, October 15th - Saturday, November 30th.

Instead of a single day, we’re giving you a month to request and submit an application for free!

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.

Candy Land Was Invented for Polio Wards.

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.

One Billion Disabled People Just Hit The Business Radar