Resources by Topic

Here you will find curated resources on some of the most critical topics in inclusive postsecondary education.  Each page features selected key resources, a link to additional resources we have on the topic in our Resource Library, related external links and Frequently Asked Questions on the topic.  We see these pages as a great place to get started when exploring a topic.  We welcome feedback and suggestions for additional resources or FAQ. 


  • Academic Access

    Inclusion is more than being "in." That’s true on the college campus, too. College faculty and staff need support to deliver instruction to students with intellectual disability. Inclusive access to academics in college improves learning outcomes, and it also improves employment outcomes, increased community engagement, meaningful learning alongside college peers, and added diversity and acceptance.

  • Campus Housing

    Though an integral part of the college experience, not all college programs for students with ID offer housing options for their students. Just as the programs themselves are diverse, so are the housing options, with completely inclusive arrangements to more specialized options. Learn the steps to establish campus housing for your program and work toward more inclusive options with these resources.

  • College-Based Transition Services

    Also known as dual enrollment or concurrent enrollment, college-based transition services may be delivered to students in their final two or three years of high school, as a way to begin exploring college courses and experiences.

  • Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary (CTP) Programs

    Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary (CTP) Programs are college programs for students with intellectual disability that have been approved to offer their students access to federal financial aid. This page shares resources to assist colleges interested in establishing a CTP program and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

  • Employment

    It’s a broad topic, and so much you need to know: relevant legislation; planning for, finding, and keeping the right job; workplace supports; how to protect disability benefits and save job earnings; and more.

  • For Families

    This is a helpful starting place for families with a son or daughter interested in college. Selected resources are gathered in one place to answer your most critical questions: Can MY child go to college? What do we need to know about college? How do we pay for it? What questions do we ask of college staff?

  • Paying for College

    A challenge for most families, paying for college for a student with intellectual disabilities can be complex and frustrating. Resources on this page will prepare you for saving, planning, applying for grants & loans, and more.

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    Peer Mentors

    There is extensive research which shows numerous positive results with the utilization of peer mentors in educational environments. Because of this, many inclusive college programs use peer mentors to support students with intellectual disabilities in academic, employment, and social capacities on campus. In this page, you will find a great many resources on peer supports in college, including research articles, training videos, tips and strategies, and more.

  • Preparing for College

    Can students with intellectual disability go to college? When should the planning begin, and what should be addressed? This page includes helpful resources about the differences between high school and college, helpful tips on self-determination, and resources that address necessary academics, social, and pre-employment skills. A lengthy FAQ should help to guide your exploration of this topic.

  • Program Accreditation

    The National Coordinating Center is responsible to convene a workgroup to develop model program accreditation standards for college programs for students with ID. This work is ongoing but once completed, these accreditation standards will mean a certain level of quality can be expected from college programs serving students with ID who meet the standards.

  • Program Development

    To start a sustainable, successful inclusive higher education program, you must write a plan, meet with college administration, work with other departments on campus, and know your mission.  The resources on this page will help you to get started.

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    State Alliances

    State inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) alliances connect state agencies and state-level constituents, create a learning community, offer more accessible professional development opportunities, and provide shared funding opportunities. The information and resources here will help you learn more about state alliances supporting college opportunities for students with intellectual disability.

  • Student Credentials

    More and more students with intellectual disabilities are going to college, and then on to work and live in the community. What do these students earn once they complete their coursework, and what does it mean? As the field of inclusive higher education grows, so does the need to define and establish meaningful credentials for students with intellectual disabilities. This foundational work is captured on this page.

  • Technology for College Students

    Technology has become a critical component of people's lives. People use it to work, to communicate with each other, for entertainment, and to enhance learning. College students use technology to access course content, interact with their instructors and classmates, and to study and demonstrate learning. Our staff has worked with high school and college educators and students from around the country to identify some of the best technology resources and supports for use in the college setting.

  • Vocational Rehabilitation

    Did you know vocational rehabilitations services may be able to help people with intellectual disabilities access college? With the primary goal of assisting people with ID to obtain competitive, integrated employment, it makes perfect sense!