About SHEP

The Supported Higher Education Project of Kentucky is based on the understanding that education for all students is a lifelong endeavor.  For too long, students with intellectual disabilities have been overlooked as their peers have graduated from high school and moved on to postsecondary settings.

The Higher Education Opportunity Act Amendments (2008) provide the tools needed to remediate this situation. Read more about provisions for students with intellectual disabilities in the HEOA here.

Our Goals

1. Support students with intellectual disabilities in inclusive educational settings using person-centered planning.

2. Train 2000 professionals in secondary, higher education, and disability services to effectively serve a broader audience of learners.

3. Implement individualized certificates and meaningful academic recognition that promotes improved educational  and employment outcomes.

4. Create viable funding streams to sustain project efforts beyond project funding.


SHEP is funded through a five year Federal grant from the Office of Postsecondary Education, US Department of Education.

Where is SHEP?

SHEP is currently serving students at the following Kentucky Institutions of Higher Education: Northern Kentucky University, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Eastern Kentucky University, Western Kentucky University, and Murray State.  Our goal is to offer services to students throughout the state. If your college or university is not listed here, please contact us, and we will do our best to provide assistance in your area!