Benefits of College
College can be a life-changing experience, especially for differently abled students. Not only does it help strengthen self-advocacy and independence, but it can open new doors of opportunity.
According to a recent study, individuals with intellectual disabilities enrolled in college-level education are being employed at higher rates than ever before. The Transition and Postsecondary Program for Students with Intellectual Disability, model demonstration programs similar to IHECP, found that:
- After exiting the program, 50% of students were employed (compared to 27% at the start).
- 52% of enrolled students had never held a paid job prior to enrolling.
- 61% of these students had a paying job one year after exiting the program – compared to 17% of adults with an intellectual or developmental disability who had not participated in inclusive higher education.
- Another study found that individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) who receive post-secondary education services are also paid more on average than their peers:
- Youths with disabilities who do not attend post-secondary education make, on average, about $200 per week.
- Youths with disabilities who receive post-secondary education made, on average, about $288 per week.
- Youths with disabilities who receive post-secondary education and vocational rehabilitation services made, on average, $302 per week.
The extra money for those who attend post-secondary classes and receive vocational rehabilitation support make $102 more per week, which works out to $5,304 more per year.
Currently, 100% of IHECP certificate earners are employed.
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.