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Abstract Details for VR & Youth RRTC Practice Brief: What is Inclusive Higher Education for People with Intellectual Disabilities, and How Does it Connect to Vocational Rehabilitation? A Primer for VR Leaders an Practitioners

Many VR professionals are still struggling to understand the benefit of students with ID attending higher education, and how supporting access to college can help VR achieve its mission of employment for these individuals. This brief describes collaborative partnerships between VR and higher education initiatives, illustrating the commonalities in their mission and services. It also shares some challenges to building these partnerships, and some strategies to make them more effective. Inclusive higher education is a developing field of research and practice aimed at creating a viable and legitimate alternate pathway to and through higher education for students with intellectual disabilities that culminates in either integrated and competitive paid employment or further pursuit of higher education. The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 stipulated that higher education programs for students with intellectual disability should be comprised of inclusive academic, vocational, and social experiences, and that these experiences should result in gainful employment (Grigal, Hart, & Weir, 2014).