Historically, postsecondary education (PSE) institutions have sought to foster creativity and innovation, and to inspire new ways of thinking and problem solving for both individuals and societies. However, PSE has not been immune to the exclusion and discrimination often reflected in societies at large. The exclusion and discrimination against people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) is prevalent outside of PSE settings as well, such as in:
adult education classes
local community programs e.g. community recreation centers classes
personal learning clinics e.g. at animal shelters, home improvement retailers, craft stores
personal development workshops e.g. at wellness centers
It is socially just to include students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in postsecondary education (PSE). In other words: inclusion is the right thing to do. Participating in inclusive PSE is a way for people with I/DD to gain access to the community during and after high school, and to strengthen their roles as active citizens. It is also a way to increase the employability and earning power of people with and without disabilities alike.
Why college? Well, I have a lot of career ideas. Plus, I love to read and I like seeing people I know from the community." -Brian