More colleges are rolling out Exception Programs for individuals who are intellectually challenged. This article details 21 outstanding college programs for the intellectually challenged. Parents who have children or are taking care of adults who are intellectually challenged are superheroes in my book because they have to put much more effort to provide a “normal” life for their children or for that adult. I consider these parents super – parents with super abilities. I bet you’re thinking well all parents have super abilities – well, parents with kids or are taking care of adults that have special needs are, in my opinion, in a category all by themselves. I always wondered if college was possible for individuals who were mentally/intellectually challenged. The answer to this inquiry is, yes, college or a college-like atmosphere is possible. The list below is by no means an exhaustive one, but it’s a beginning for those who are looking for a college for that special child or adult.
- Augustana College – Augie Access Program. This college program is for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Beacon College – The first college to offer both Bachelor and Associate Degrees exclusively for students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and other learning differences.
- OLS at Bellevue College has an associates degree program for adults with cognitive disabilities.
- Clemson University’s ClemsonLifeTM Program. This is a two-year program that offers life skills for individuals who can safety live on their own.
- Coastal Carolina University has a LIFETM Program is a four-year, tuition-based, post-secondary education and transition program for young adults who have mild to moderate *intellectual disabilities as defined by the American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD).
- Coastline Community College has an ID Program – The Intellectual Disabilities Program offers classes designed especially for students with lower cognitive skills, i.e., students who exhibit below-average intellectual functioning and a potential for measurable achievement in an instructional setting.
- College Internship Program (CIP) is for young adults with autism spectrum and with learning disabilities.
- Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) – Bethesda College of Applied Learning. For people with intellectual and learning disabilities, autism, Down Syndrome and a myriad of other conditions.
- Elmhurst College has Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy (ELSA) which is a four-year program for adults with developmental disabilities.
- Harper College has a program for students with intellectual disabilities. Its Continuing Education is offering new courses for adults with intellectual disabilities.
- Ithaca College has The Center for Life Skills for individuals who had strokes or neurological disorders.
- Marbridge: a college-like alternative to group homes and has programs for adults with intellectual disabilities from 18 years of age to end of life.
- Massachusetts Bay Community College has the Transitional Scholars Program for students between the ages of 18 and 22 years of age with developmental or learning challenges.
- Minnesota Life College is a vocational and life training skills program for young adults with learning differences and autism spectrum disorders.
- Ridgewater College has a program for students with disabilities – physical and mental impairment.
- Shepherds College is the country’s leading three-year post-secondary educational program for students with intellectual disabilities.
- Temple University – Academy for Adult Learning (AAL) is a two year post-secondary education initiative providing young adults with intellectual disabilities access to academic, vocational and social experiences on the vibrant, urban campus at Temple University in Philadelphia.
- University of Iowa – Reach Program is a two-year, transition certificate program for students with multiple intellectual, cognitive, and learning disabilities.
- Vanderbilt University – Certificate Program titled Next Steps which is a two-year non-residential certification program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, providing individualized programs of study in the areas of education, social skills, and vocational training.
- Wesfield State University ICE Program for Intellectual Disabled Students.
- Wisconsin Think College has an expanding program for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
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