Transition Webinar Series
The Status of Inclusive Higher Education in Colorado
Thurs., Feb 4, 2021
10:00-11:30 AM (MST)
Senate Bill 16-196 created a 5-year pilot program to establish inclusive higher education programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the University of Northern Colorado, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and Arapahoe Community College. SB 16-196 came about through the collaborative effort of parents of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other committed stakeholders who formed a nonprofit, IN! Colorado Initiative for Inclusive Higher Education. The leadership of IN! was inspired by a movement across the country to create opportunities in institutions of higher education (both two- and four-year programs) for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to experience and gain from inclusive higher education programs. The 2020-21 academic year is the final year of the pilot program.
- Understand Colorado's pilot higher education initiative
- Describe strategies, barriers, and successes of inclusion in the university programs participating in the pilot
- Christina Ruffatti, MA, CRC, University of Northern Colorado, Go On and Learn (GOAL) Program
- Christi Kasa, PhD, Associate Professor, Teaching and Learning, College of Education, and Director, Inclusive Services, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
- Julie Harmon, Inclusion Coordinator, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
- Jennifer Woegens, MS, Director, Elevate, Arapahoe Community College
- Tracy Murphy, Colorado Initiative for Inclusive Higher Education (IN!)
- Beth Leon, Colorado Initiative for Inclusive Higher Education (IN!)
The intended audience for this webinar includes: Professionals who support youth in transition, students in transition and their parents, and faculty in higher education who are interested in inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities.
Questions may be directed to Christine.Cook@cuanschutz.edu.