In its just released Summer 2020 edition, Lumina Foundation’s Focus magazine features three college programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities: Aggies Elevated at Utah State University, Integrated Studies at Millersville University, and Western Kentucky University’s Circle of Support. https://www.luminafoundation.org/focus-magazine/
Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. They envision a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials.
In his message included in the issue, Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO of Lumina Foundation says, “Part of the value of higher education, beyond applicable knowledge and a degree, is exposure to new ways of thinking. Learning to collaborate with people of varied viewpoints is a lifelong skill, and diverse thinking leads to novel ideas and solutions. But to achieve true diversity in thinking and learning beyond high school, students with developmental disabilities must also be included. We believe strongly that the higher education system must work better for all students, including those with developmental disabilities. And we’re convinced that the programs featured here have important lessons to teach.”
We could not agree more!