The mission of the Inclusive Higher Education Certificate Program is to provide higher education programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities through university, business and community agency partnerships.
We believe that higher education is a vehicle for self-empowerment and access to social networks, employment, and independence. The Inclusive Higher Education Certificate Program (IHECP) provides inclusive college experiences for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) where, just like every other student, they attend classes, interact with faculty and explore all that college life offers. As students pursue their academic interests, they develop their social skills, learn independence and expand their career options while increasing earning potential. Students with intellectual and developmental disabilities now have options.
The IHECP is a grassroots organization in Colorado, educating students, parents, K-12 schools, universities, community members and employers about what our students can do rather than what they cannot do given an intellectual or developmental difference. We are increasing expectations for, and awareness of, our students’ participation as contributing citizens in our communities.