College Faculty Talk About Teaching Students with Intellectual Disability

Students with intellectual disability (ID) are a new kind of college student, as there was no clear path for these students to enter college until recently. Changes to the Higher Education Act in 2008 created a new type of college program that offers alternative admission to those students with ID that wish to continue their education after high school. Close to 300 colleges and universities in the United States offer such a program, and faculty at those colleges are experiencing students with these kinds of disabilities in their classes. While it is a new concept, it is heartening to hear from many faculty that it is a rich experience that enhances their teaching practices and the diversity and inclusion of their classrooms. In this brief 2 minute video, several faculty share their experiences teaching students with ID.