Best Practices

Best Practices

Open Enrollment issues
Here's what might very well be the next wave of debate and which could become one of the hottest and most contentious topics in the area of higher education and disabilities. Specifically, there is an increasing buzz about the increasing migration of individuals with cognitive/intellectual disabilities, including mental retardation, to higher education settings, primarily to community colleges. Of course, the discourse/debate is far-reaching and taxing philosophically, pedagogically, politically, socially, and financially.

Here are a couple of websites that you might be interested in reviewing to better understand what's being referred to as "The New Frontier" in postsecondary education

http://www.thinkcollege.net Youth with intellectual disabilities have not had many chances to go to college. This is changing as individuals across the country begin to create opportunities for these youth to reap the benefits of postsecondary education. This website will provide information and links to anyone interested in finding out more about the possibilities.
http://www.communityinclusion.orghttp://www.communityinclusion.org Exiting high school is an exciting and tense experience for all students and families. But when students with intellectual disabilities consider what will happen next, the possibility of college is usually not promoted as a viable option. This needs to change.

Jose J. Soto
Vice President for AA/Equity/Diversity
Southeast Community College Area
301 South 68th Street Place
Lincoln, NE 68510
402/323-3412
402/323-3420 FAX

Web Accessibility issues
Auxiliary Services issues

Documentation:
Office of Civil Rights: “Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities”.

Parental Involvement
“How Not to Be a Helicopter Parent”