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Episode 29: Supported and Inclusive Higher Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

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Episode 29 Transcript (PDF)


Barry Whaley, University of Kentucky – Human Development Institute


Many young adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) are leaving high school and considering post secondary education programs. Until recently, there were not many opportunities for students with ID to have access to post secondary education. What began through the efforts of a few individuals and institutes of higher education has developed into a movement of many who share the belief that all students should have access to post secondary education opportunities that lead to employment and independent living opportunities. ​

This episode is a continuation of our series on Post Secondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities. In this episode we will discuss the definition of inclusion, the stimulus behind the spark of inclusion in higher education, post secondary education Comprehensive Transition Programs, accommodations in Comprehensive Transition Programs, support for students with intellectual disabilities in higher education, and anticipated outcomes for students with disabilities attending post secondary education.

Featured Organization 

Supported Higher Education Project at the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute
The Supported Higher Education Project known as SHEP, is a project of the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute. SHEP is based on the understanding that education for all students is a lifelong endeavor. SHEP is currently serving students at the various Kentucky Institutions of Higher Education including: Northern Kentucky University, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Eastern Kentucky University, Western Kentucky University, and Murray State. The goal is to offer services to all students throughout the state. Learn more about SHEP at