All colleges are required to provide services for students with disabilities, as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act. An excellent resource for comprehensive information on this is collegeacademicsupport.com. This site has resources and frequently asked questions for navigating the college application process, as well as a list to over forty colleges with specialized structured programs for students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and other disabilities.
A new program that was specifically asked about at the Coffee is the ICE Program, which stands for Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment. The ICE Initiative was set up by the State of Massachusetts to “support eligible public high school students with intellectual disabilities, ages 18-22, to increase their academic and career success by being included in a college or university community of learners.” There are currently 13 two and four year public colleges in Massachusetts that are partnering in this initiative. Students with intellectual disabilities who are eligible for the program must be between the ages of:
- 18 to 22, have not passed MCAS, and are eligible for special education services as documented through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP); or
- 20 to 21, have passed MCAS, but still eligible for special education with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) because of significant functional disabilities, transition needs, etc.
If you have additional questions or would like to learn more about this or any other topic, please feel free to reach out to your child’s school counselor. We are always happy to help! Our contact information can be found here.