Employment Rates Improve When Students with Disabilities Access College

 

Two young women laughing on a bus.

An article in The Atlantic examines the trend toward including students with intellectual disability on college campuses. Students with disabilities who attend postsecondary programs that emphasize work experience have a better chance of finding fulfilling work.

Think College's principal investigator, Meg Grigal, is quoted in the article. Grigal cites an employment rate of 40% for students completing federally funded TPSID programs (Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities).

“This changes the starting line for career options for people with intellectual disabilities,” Grigal said. “It changes their social networks, it changes who they believe they can be, and it changes the expectations of the people in all the realms around them.”

Read the full article here.