Historically, it has been difficult for students with intellectual disabilities to find a path to college. Fortunately, that path became more accessible with the 2008 reauthorization of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA). The legislation made it possible for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to receive specific federal aid and grants and for universities to pilot inclusive programs.
Currently, over 270 colleges and universities open their doors to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Two- and four-year programs are available at a wide range of private and public universities and culminate in a certificate of completion.
Think College, a federally funded organization out of the University of Massachusetts – Boston, is dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving Transition and Postsecondary Education Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSIDs).