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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"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!