Peer Supports: Focusing on the Experiences of College Students with Intellectual Disability
This publication draws from a qualitative study that interviewed college students with intellectual disability in an attempt to determine what is known about IPSE students and their experiences with peer supports. Inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) programs for youth with intellectual disability recognize students with intellectual disability as contributing members of the broader campus community through academic engagement, career development, and social activities (Grigal & Papay, 2018; Jones et. al, 2015). An established strategy for promoting natural and inclusive supports is the use of peer mentors. Research in the K-12 settings has found that peer mentors in high school can promote positive academic, social, employment, and mental health outcomes.
Wilt, C.L. & Morningstar, M.E. (2020). Peer Supports: Focusing on the Experiences of College Students with Intellectual Disability. Think College Fast Facts, Issue No. 27. Boston, MA: University of Massachusetts Boston, Institute for Community Inclusion.