This website introduces inclusive postsecondary education (PSE) for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Illinois. You will find this website helpful if you are a representative from a postsecondary education institution and/or a student, self-advocate, parent, administrator, service provider, or policy-maker.
A high school student with Down syndrome just achieved one of his lifelong dreams -- getting accepted to college. It was a moment Noah Van Vooren's parents thought would never happen. And it was all caught on camera and posted as a YouTube video! This video captures Noah's reaction as he read the letter, "It says Dear Noah, yes, you made it. I got accepted!" Noah shouted with his arms stretched in the air. The acceptance letter means Noah will start classes at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisc. this fall. It's part of the school's Cutting Edge program, which offers a college education to students with developmental disabilities.
I've learned some things about myself at college like learning how to be organized. I also learned that to get a successful job you need an education. I've learned more about myself too. I've learned how to be more aware. I learned more about who I am as a person. I've learned how to be an independent and responsible person and I'm also learning to be more focused."-Grace