Currently, over 270 colleges and universities open their doors to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Think College is a high recommended website by many organizations including the NDSC. They have extensively organized all the post secondary education programs throughout the country by state. Through their college search tab you can locate post secondary programs within your area for your loved one.
Scholarship and Grants
Ruby’s Rainbow is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization inspired by a little girl named Ruby who was born with an unexpected, 21st chromosome. Finding out she had Down syndrome did not change her family’s expectations for her future, and they vowed to give her every opportunity they could to learn, grow, flourish and become an important contributor to society and the community.
UpsforDowns also has scholarships for individuals seeking higher education. Katie MacDonald Memorial Scholarships One $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to individuals with Down syndrome who are pursuing educational or job training opportunities beyond high school.
One $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to individuals who are pursuing a junior college, undergraduate, or graduate degree.
Finding a Family Services Social worker in you area is the best place to start when finding an inclusive employer. Start by visiting The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services website and find your local agency to help with a job search.
Once you have found your local agency you may have to locate your regional agency based on your location in your state. Reach out to your agency and they can get you in contact with someone who can better help asset you in finding a local inclusive employer.