Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE)

Inclusive post-secondary education (IPSE) programs provide opportunities for study beyond high school to students who historically have not been presented with these possibilities. These programs change lives by making college accessible for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Further, this education prepares them to live increasingly independent lives, pursue careers of their choice and provides the potential for increased earnings long-term.

GCDD is the legislative lead for the Georgia Inclusive Postsecondary Education Consortium (GAIPSEC). The Georgia Inclusive Postsecondary  Education Consortium (GAIPSEC) seeks to create opportunities for students who have historically not had access to post-secondary educational  opportunities. The consortium works with members of diverse communities to help higher education institutions implement programs that extend the dream of higher education to young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The following institutions in Georgia provide inclusive post-secondary education (IPSE) programs:

ksu academy for inclusive learning logoKennesaw State University Academy for Inclusive Learning (Kennesaw)
The Kennesaw State University Academy for Inclusive Learning and Social Growth offers a fully inclusive 2 year college experience to students with intellectual or developmental disabilities who do not meet the university requirements for admission as a degree seeking student. The program includes enrollment as non-degree seeking audit students in typical university courses alongside degree seeking students and includes social integration, career exploration and training resulting in a Certificate of Social Growth and Development. For more information, visit http://wellstarcollege.kennesaw.edu/academy/index.php


Georgia tech logoGeorgia Institute of Technology EXCEL Program (Atlanta)
Georgia Tech has launched the Expanding Career, Education and Leadership Opportunities (EXCEL). The EXCEL is a special postsecondary education program for college-age students (typically in the age range of 18 to 26 years) with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). 

EXCEL​ Students participate in Georgia Tech classes and activities and live on campus, as they prepare for their future lives and careers. This includes attending classes (with accommodations and support); living in on-campus housing; participating in internships and career-oriented training; participation in campus clubs, activities, and organizations; and peer mentoring. For more information, visit https://www.scheller.gatech.edu/centers-initiatives/ile/excel/index.html


uga destination dawgs logoUniversity of Georgia Destination Dawgs (Athens)
Reflecting their tagline “Life is a journey. Be prepared for the trip”, the program’s goal is for Destination Dawgs graduates to have gained new knowledge, skills, and competencies which lead to a good adult life. This includes having a desired job, having an increased ability to live independently, and having friends and relationships that expand their social networks. The program is open to students with intellectual disabilities between the ages of 18 -25 who have a personal desire, and support from family, to gain skills for self-determination, independent living, and career development at the University of Georgia. Completion of the program will result in a UGA Certificate in College and Career Readiness from the UGA Center on Continuing Education bearing +/- 150 continuing education units. Student competency and accomplishments will be recorded in an electronic portfolio.For more information, visit http://www.fcs.uga.edu/ihdd/destination-dawgs


East Georgia state college logoEast Georgia State College CHOICE Program (Swainsboro)
Creating Higher Education Opportunities to Increase College Experiences (CHOICE) is a 2 year non-degree inclusion college program at East Georgia State College designed to provide students, who may traditionally be excluded from postsecondary education, the opportunity to participate in college classes and develop work-readiness employment skills. East Georgia State College staff and faculty strive to help students succeed by approaching education with a personal touch.  The staff of the CHOICE Program for Inclusive Learning embraces this approach and strives to provide participants with a rewarding college experience filled with student activities and small classes with faculty who are dedicated to teaching and preparing them for whatever challenges they wish to pursue beyond the CHOICE experience. For more information, visit http://www.ega.edu/offices/student_affairs/choice


Columbus state university logoColumbus State University GOALS Program (Columbus)
The Guidance and Opportunities for Academic and Leadership Success (GOALS) Program at Columbus State University is a two-year certificate program that provides a college experience for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Typical applicants are those who received special education services for a developmental disability (i.e., intellectual disability) through most of their K-12 schooling and have graduated high school with an alternative diploma (i.e., special education diploma, certificate of attendance, etc.). Using a person-centered planning process, GOALS provides students with developmental disabilities the opportunity to set and work toward their personal post-secondary goals as a foundation for active, lifelong career and community participation. The GOALS Program at CSU represents an inclusive, university-based program built upon the four principles of personal advocacy, career development, health education, and civic engagement. For more information, visit https://te.columbusstate.edu/goals.php


albany tech college logoAlbany Technical College LEAP Program (Albany)
The Leveraging Education for Advancement Program (LEAP) is an Inclusive Postsecondary Education Program (IPSE). The LEAP program at Albany Technical College (ATC) is designed to provide students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 18 and older, an inclusive postsecondary college education experience. LEAP focuses on developing academic, personal, and self-advocacy skills that lead to employment. Each participant works closely with an academic transition teacher and a trained mentor to assist students in meeting their academic and social needs. LEAP students receive a personalized postsecondary education. For more information, visit https://www.albanytech.edu/admissions/student-affairs/leap?showall=&start=1


IDEALGeorgia State University IDEAL Program (Atlanta)
The Inclusive Digital Expression and Literacy (IDEAL) Program offers a two-year course of study for students with mild intellectual disabilities. The IDEAL Program includes college classes, extracurricular activities and job-focused training. The mission of IDEAL is to prepare students with intellectual disabilities with educational opportunities and job-focused training. Our goal is to provide resources and support that lead to meaningful employment, greater independence and a higher quality of life for young people with intellectual disabilities. The IDEAL Program will leverage GSU’s resources in media and the arts, as well as our location in a global hub for journalism, music, art and design. The Program will be novel in its focus on digital/media literacy, technology use and communication skills. For more information, visit http://cps.education.gsu.edu/research/ideal/