Postsecondary Education for People With Intellectual Disability: Current Issues and Critical Challenges

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June 2013


Increasingly, people with intellectual disability are seeking, accessing, and benefiting from higher education. This article presents an overview of current legislative and policy issues as they related to postsecondary education for people with intellectual disability, including the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and state vocational rehabilitation program policies. Policy actions are suggested. In describing existing and emerging practices, critical issues and future challenges are reviewed by the authors. Finally, current research on the impact of postsecondary education on the systems and people involved is shared and recommendations for future areas of exploration are provided.