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This Just IN! - February 2020

Student Corner

Celebrating Black History Month

Disability is only one part of identity. 
Ashley, a senior at UCCS, shares the following:
“I am proud of who I am and will advocate for my rights.  I have rights as a person with a disability to advocate for and I have rights as a black woman....I deserve to be listened to and included in my community. Black History Month is when I celebrate who I am.
In May, Ashley will become one of the first students receiving inclusive services to graduate from UCCS. She will also be the first black student in Colorado to graduate from an inclusive higher education pathway. Thank you, Ashley, for paving the way for students to come!
To learn more about Ashley, click here.

Inclusive Higher Ed Students Take on Leadership Roles!

Last summer, Isabelle, a student at University of Northern Colorado (UNC), participated in Youth Leadership Forum (YLF). 
Isabelle was one of several young adults selected to represent their communities as delegates and advocate for themselves and others with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Not only did Isabelle attend five days of learning and networking on a college campus, but she also presented and taught others about her experience advocating for herself.
"I talked about inclusion and a bit about advocacy. Talked mostly about my experiences throughout education, like early preschool, through high school and into college. I talked about my experiences and what it was like to be an advocate for myself and learning from myself."
Isabelle shared that the highlight of the forum was helping influence younger students. Now in her junior year at UNC, Isabelle spread the word about UNC's inclusive programming as well as advice she had for navigating school.
What are you doing this summer? As you start to think about summer, consider what types of programs are out there that may help with college readiness - camps, forums, conferences. For middle and high school students, summer programs run on college campuses offer a great way to try out living away from home. For college students, summer activities can offer opportunities to develop leadership skills, like with Isabelle and Youth Leadership Forum.
Read more about Isabelle's experience with YLF, featured on our blog.

Community Support

Get your tickets today for IN!'s Summer Social! 

When: July 30th, 6:00-9:30pm
Where: The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace, Aurora CO
Come tailgate with us! No suit, no tie, just come out and enjoy a tailgate party! Showcase your school pride, relax, enjoy dinner drinks, and a celebration of inclusive college opportunities, as well as the first ever graduates in Colorado! Can't wait to see you there!
Get your tickets at a discounted price. Early bird tickets available now. Click here for more information.


Board Members Tour UNC

This month, a few of our board members received a tour of UNC from current students receiving inclusive services (GOAL at UNC). 
"The tour of UNC was enlightening and really illustrated to me the impact of the work IN! is doing to help its higher education partners...talking to the students and listening to their perspectives was helpful to see the possibilities for their future. I am deeply inspired and have a renewed passion to further all the work of IN!." - Cara, Vice president
"[The students we met] are on their way to learning independence and responsibility along with having a little fun with their peers.” - Pete, Board member
Ever thought about joining IN!'s Board of Directors? The board is currently accepting applications. Check out our Board Member Interest Form. Or, to learn more about our board, head over to our leadership page.
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IN! Launches Young Professionals Group

IN!'s new Young Professionals Group provides a space to contribute to our organization through fundraising, awareness events, social media assistance, and networking. 
Here's what one member has to say: "I am thrilled to be a part of IN! I have been working in higher education for over 7 years and I just happened to stumble upon IN!. I had no idea that this sort of opportunity even existed. My heart leapt out of my chest!! I knew I had to be a part in any way that I could with this organization that is working to create furthering education opportunities for these students." - Jason
Interested in learning more about the group? Send an email to



Upcoming: March, 12-1pm: Inclusive Higher Education in Colorado, Register here
Learn about financial variables pertaining to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in higher education. Topics will include: Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, ABLE Accounts, FAFSA (financial aid), etc.
All spring webinars can be found at this link

Upcoming Public Events

March 4: Presentation at Lewis Palmer School District SEAC Meeting
March 12: Presentation at Southwest Ability Summit in Durango 
March 18: Booth Jefferson County Special Education Resource Fair
March 19: Presentation at The Arc of Adams County
March 26: Webinar - Financial Variables in Higher Education
April 6: Presentation at Imagine! in Lafayette
Further details and registration for all events available on IN!'s online calendar

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