hop over to here This website introduces inclusive postsecondary education (PSE) for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Illinois. You will find this website helpful if you are a representative from a postsecondary education institution and/or a student, self-advocate, parent, administrator, service provider, or policy-maker.
Think College is a national initiative to create inclusive PSE opportunities for students with I/DD. It began in 1998 at the University of Massachusetts Boston's (UMASS) Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) and has received numerous federal grants to conduct activities in three areas around inclusive PSE: 1) research; 2) training; and 3) technical assistance.
For a list of inclusive programs in Illinois, refer to the "Illinois Program Profiles" of this website. For additional programs, refer to the national Think College program database. Intellectual disability (ID) is the term for what used to be called "mental retardation" (MR). Self-advocates are people with ID who advocate for themselves and others when it comes to their rights and choices in life, and many self-advocates have communicated that the term "retard" is hurtful and unacceptable. Self-advocates have communicated that the "R" word is bigoted, cruel and insensitive and should be avoided in everyday conversations just like racial, gendered or sexual slurs are avoided by people wishing to show respect for others. The self-advocacy movement, also called "People First", is part of the larger Disability Rights Movement (DRM). For more information about self-advocacy, check out your local People First group, or the national People First organization Self-advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE). The "Resources" section of this website also has more information about self-