Inclusive post-secondary education (IPSE) provides opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities to access higher education. This prepares them to live increasingly independent lives and pursue careers of their choice.
Individuals with intellectual disabilities who receive post-secondary education are more likely to find paid employment than those who don’t, and their earnings are 73% higher than peers who do not receive post-secondary education.2
Thanks to legislative support, the number of IPSE programs in Georgia has grown from one to five, with two more coming in 2017.3 However, students in these programs have very few resources available to pay for them compared to what is available to students of traditional college programs. For example, IPSE students cannot access the HOPE scholarship program. Without financial support many qualified, eager students cannot afford the life-changing opportunity of inclusive post-secondary education.
- Support the sustainability of inclusive post-secondary educational programs in Georgia and increase student access to these programs. Increase legislative funding from $200,000 to $500,000 in total, $100,000 of which can be student scholarships. The FY 2018 ASK for new funding: $300,000
² Migliore, A., Butterworth, J., & Hart, D. (2009). Postsecondary Education and Employment Outcomes for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities. Think College Fast Facts. No 1. http://www.thinkcollege.net/publications/fast-facts.
3 Number refers to the number of IPSE schools with students enrolled for the 2016 Fall Semester.