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A Proposed Model for Engaging and Retaining Student with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities/Autism in Minnesota's State Colleges and Universities

A Proposed Model for Engaging and Retaining Student with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities/Autism in Minnesota's State Colleges and Universities

The purpose of this paper is to propose and describe a model for engaging and retaining students with IDD/autism in Minnesota's 24 community and technical colleges and seven state universities (MnSCU). The model, as described in this paper, is based upon past and current efforts to provide postsecondary education opportunities for these students. The paper, first, provides background to clarify the diverse characteristics and outcomes of students with IDD/autism. It then examines the relevance and critical importance of drawing upon MnSCU’s system capacity to serve these students. A model for serving students with IDD/autism is proposed, based upon what has been learned over the past two decades from MnSCU’s Occupational Skills Program (OSP), and a five-year, federally-funded demonstration project at Central Lakes College (CLC) and Ridgewater College (RW). It is also recognized that over the years, other MnSCU community and technical college have served students with IDD/autism. This paper concludes with several suggested next steps for developing additional postsecondary education opportunities for students with IDD/autism.

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Johnson, David R. (2014). A Proposed Model for Engaging and Retaining Student with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities/Autism in Minnesota's State Colleges and Universities, Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota.

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2014
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