Bill will Improve Access to Higher Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
WASHINGTON DC – In a statement to a Panel Discussion on Expanding Access to Higher Education for Students with Disabilities, at a U. S. House of Representatives office building today, National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) Interim Policy Director, Stephanie Smith Lee, expressed the NDSC’s strong support for H.R. 3199, the Improving Access to Higher Education Act. The bill was introduced on July 12, 2017 by Representative DeSaulnier, Ranking Member Scott and Representatives Langevin and Huffman.
Lee says, “Opportunities to attend and complete postsecondary education are critical to achieving the goals of employment and community living and this comprehensive bill contains important provisions that will benefit all students with disabilities…. As an organization focused on improving the lives of individuals with Down syndrome, NDSC commends the bill sponsors for including provisions to update and continue programs for students with intellectual disabilities (ID) in this legislation. Students with ID want the opportunity to go to college like their siblings and friends, to learn, experience independence, and become employed after graduation.”
“On behalf of the thousands of individuals with Down syndrome and their families represented by the National Down Syndrome Congress, we applaud this legislation that will improve access to postsecondary education for all students with disabilities, and especially thank the bill sponsors for addressing the needs of students with intellectual disabilities. We urge Congress to include this bill in the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act,” says David Tolleson, NDSC Executive Director.
About the National Down Syndrome Congress
Founded in 1973, the National Down Syndrome Congress is the country’s oldest organization for people with Down syndrome, their families, and the professionals who work with them. A 501(c)(3) non-profit advocacy organization, the NDSC provides support and information about issues related to Down syndrome throughout the lifespan, as well as on matters of public policy relating to disability rights. The National Down Syndrome Congress is committed to creating a national climate in which all people will recognize and embrace the value and dignity of people with Down syndrome. For more information about the NDSC, please visit our website at www.ndsccenter.org.