Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Going to college

Post-school education opportunities for people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities continue to increase, with the US leading the way:

Elevated: Program for students with intellectual disabilities part of new norm
Kevin Opsahl, Herald Journal, 28th November 2015
Jenna Mosher remembers her reaction almost two years ago to opening the mail addressed to her from Utah State University stating she was accepted to a new program for young adults with intellectual disabilities.

“I put my hand over my mouth; I was speechless,” said Mosher, a graduate of Park City High School, who has a cognitive disorder and wasn’t sure she’d ever find a higher education institution that fit her needs ...


Surprising idea for special education students: Go to college
Betsy Hammond, The Oregonian/OregonLive, 26th november 2015
In Portland and around the country, a generation of children with intellectual disabilities has grown up integrated into their schools and society like never before ...

College access not impossible anymore for those with intellectual disabilities
Shasta Kearns Moore, Portland Tribune, 10th December 2015
“I want to go to college,” said Daniel Jarvis-Holland, and the room erupted in laughter. But not for the reason you might think.

Daniel, a sophomore at Benson Polytechnic High School who has Down syndrome, used his “British accent” to make the statement at the national disability rights TASH conference in downtown Portland on Thursday, Dec. 3. The audience was laughing with him at his false pomposity.

It is that sort of inclusiveness and social interaction that Daniel and his team of supporters hope he can achieve at Portland State University, while simultaneously bettering his odds at a self-sustaining life and career.


Portland State University recently won a $2.5 million federal grant to set up a college program for individuals, like Daniel, who have intellectual disabilities ...

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