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Attending college at an inclusive higher education institution has many positive impacts on young adults with intellectual disabilities (ID). Those who attend college are more than twice as likely to secure employment and rely less on government programs and services. But in-state college options for students with ID are extremely limited, which stifles opportunities for those who could benefit. Many institutions of higher education do not have the expertise nor resources needed to expand enrollment and include students with ID on-campus.
Expanding access to inclusive higher education will help more young adults with ID earn meaningful credentials, secure employment at competitive wages, and live in homes of their own. Providing technical assistance and grant funding to institutions of higher education statewide can help advance access to postsecondary education in Minnesota.