Celebrating Disability, Higher Education, and Employment
Celebrating Disability, Higher Education, and Employment
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October 2019 - eNewsletter

Student Corner

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Another Student Set to Graduate!

Jazmine, a student receiving inclusive services at Arapahoe Community College, is set to graduate in May 2020. Jazmine's dedication to caring for others has fueled her passion for the nursing field. She currently holds an internship with Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. Jazmine will graduate with a Nurse Aide Certificate and Comprehensive Higher Education Certificate. Learn more about Jazmine here

Students Share Post-Graduation Plans

Last month we introduced you to Mia, Nick, and Ashley. In May 2020, they will become the first students receiving inclusive higher education services to graduate from UCCS. This month we spoke with each about their post-graduation plans. Hear from them in the video below. 
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Transfer Club Tours

In today's world, it is fairly common for students to begin their education at a community college, then transfer to university. The same is possible for students with intellectual disabilities. This month, students receiving services from Elevate at ACC joined ACC's Transfer Club to visit UNC and UCCS.


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Celebrating Employment 

To celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we are highlighting the connection between disability, higher education, and employment. Did you know students enrolled in inclusive higher education often have access to a broader range of careers and higher wages than their peers? Check out some of these fast facts:
  • 65% of students with IDD who completed a postsecondary education program had a paid job within 1 year of completion, as compared to 17% of individuals with IDD in the general population.
  • Nationally, students with postsecondary education and IDD are demonstrating a 25% increase in occupation choices, including a 300% increase in healthcare professions, and a 59% drop in cleaning and maintenance occupations. 
  • Students with postsecondary education average a 102% increase in wages. 
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The Importance of Employment Coordinators 

Employment Coordinators play a critical role in inclusive higher education. They support students in bridging their academic work and the world of work. Joshua Johnson is the Employment Coordinator for UNC GOAL
At the heart of Joshua's work is collaboration with students. Whether it's answering questions about jobs, supporting students to prepare for interviews, coordinating work schedules, transit training, or other, Joshua includes students in discussions related to their career interests. As a result, students have the opportunity to follow their interests in a wide-range of careers.
To read more about Joshua's work, click here.


A Special Thanks

October has been an exciting month for raising awareness of postsecondary education options available to students with intellectual disabilities in Colorado. We love seeing the growing interest in inclusive higher education! Special thanks goes to: 
  • The Colorado Department of Education - Exceptional Student Services for collaborating with IN! on a "Prepare for College" webinar.
  • The middle school teachers who have taken an interest in learning more about options for their students; it's never too early to start thinking college!
  • Finally, a group that we don't often connect with recently reached out to IN!....high school counselors!
IN!'s outreach program is generously supported by the Harvey Family Foundation

UNC Open House

Join UNC GOAL and Colorado ABLE for a special presentation on financing college education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Learn more about: 
  • College as a possibility for students with IDD
  • Funding for students with IDD to attend college, including financial aid
  • ABLE accounts
When: November 6th 2019, 5:30-7:15pm
Where: University of Northern Colorado, Turner Hall 2310 13th Ave, Greeley, CO 80631
Who: Middle school and high school students with disabilities, Parents of individuals with IDD, Disability professionals, Special education teachers, UNC students, etc.
Dinner will be served. Please RSVP at: bit.ly/UNCgoal
Questions: christina.ruffatti@unco.edu or 970-351-4605
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Other Upcoming Events

Douglas County Resource Fair
  • October 29th, 6-8pm
  • 8250 Park Meadows Drive, Suite 110, Lone Tree 
Westminster Public Schools Transition Fair
  • November 7th, 5-7pm
  • Ranum Middle School, 2401 W 80th Ave, Denver, CO 80221

Community Support

Wondering how you can support our efforts?

Donate Make an honorary or memorial gift, give as an individual, sign up for a monthly giving plan or become a corporate partner.
Volunteer We would love to have your skills, expertise, and passion be a part of our mission!
Share our Message Do you know of a family, teacher, service provider, or someone else who works with students with intellectual disabilities? Let them know about the college options now available in Colorado. Access our information sheets here or contact us. 
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