"It should be a choice," said Cate Weir, the project director of Think College, in this New York Times article about students with intellectual disability accessing higher education. "Students with disabilities shouldn't be told, 'You can't have a choice other people have.'"
The article featuring Weir ran as an Education Life special feature in the August 3, 2017 edition of the Times. The piece covers the experiences of students with intellectual disability who are taking classes in a variety of postsecondary settings. It also examines the challenges and benefits of initiatives to include these students in college and university communities.
In the piece, Cate Weir stresses the importance of having a national set of accreditation standards for programs such as these. She also comments on how crucial it is for all young people to have a chance to access higher education.
The article talks about rising expectations within families for their children with disabilities:
What the students want upon graduation are good jobs, not short-term gigs restocking shelves or handing out fliers on street corners but employment that relates to their interests and plays to their strengths. Therapists, economists and philosophers have long equated happy, fulfilling lives with meaningful work, no matter one’s intellectual ability.