This fall, there is a style of inclusion that many naysayers predicted could never exist within mainstream universities.
For the first time in history, thousands of students with intellectual disabilities are studying, socializing and living on college campuses. More than 200 colleges across 37 states are offering programs to include students who were previously excluded from one of the “rights of passage” for most young people.
Our son Phillip is unusual. He was able to get into college the regular route, but once there found it overwhelming. He needed more support, academically and socially.
So he decided to transfer to Kennesaw State University. There he has found the support that he craved . Phillip takes half his college credits in the regular classes, and the other half at the KSU Academy for Social Learning. The Academy helps refine his social and career skills, practical tasks that are preparing him for a life beyond the campus. Most important for him, he’s making new friends.
KSU must be applauded for investing in such an innovative and groundbreaking project. Dr. Papp, KSU President, and the university are highly featured in the film “Rethinking College.” Read more about the film here.
Phillip is thrilled that he has transferred to KSU and is participating in the Academy. Our new KSU owl has declared, ”It’s the best decision of my life.”