SHEP Student Celebration

On June 13, the Supported Higher Education Project hosted a celebration at the University of Kentucky’s King Alumni House. The event, celebrating the accomplishments of students enrolled in postsecondary institutions through SHEP, was attended by parents, educators, vocational rehabilitation counselors, and other professionals in the community. Dr. Harold Kleinert, director of the Human Development Institute at UK welcomed the guests; Kentucky State Representative Kelly Flood spoke to the group about the importance of lifelong learning. Catered hors d’oeuvres and time for socializing rounded out the celebration. Ten SHEP students attended.

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Supported Higher Education!

First day of the semester!Welcome to the Supported Higher Education Project. Here you will find information on postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities. Check it out!

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Jeff Bradford will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky Conference on February 26, 2011. For more information, visit: dsack.org

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Introducing Kentucky’s Supported Higher Education Project

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Students need opportunities for continuing education and career exploration – ways to discover, develop and use their interests and talents to make a positive difference in the world. Sound like a universal human need? You’re right; it is! However, for students with intellectual disabilities, postsecondary opportunities have been limited. Thankfully, a national movement is underway promoting a strong system of supports and services – providing ways for students with intellectual disabilities to pursue postsecondary education and prepare themselves as vital contributing members of the workforce. Top institutions around the country are initiating programs that recognize the importance of post-secondary education for ALL students, including those with intellectual disabilities. This is good public policy, and an idea that’s developed significant interest in Kentucky.

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