Policy Advocacy Brief
Issue Statement/Executive Summary
People with intellectual disabilities (ID) lack a pathway and adequate support to pursue post-secondary education in Minnesota. Opening pathways to inclusive higher education will strengthen the state's workforce and economy and will reduce dependence on costly formal supports. In Minnesota less than 3% of students with ID have access to in-state postsecondary education, and there are only four colleges and universities that specifically offer enrollment to students with ID. Barriers to education and funding have dramatically slowed progress toward expanding inclusive higher education options, and Minnesota is far behind other states in the nation. Inclusive higher education is a proven pathway to independence and financial stability that must be an available and accessible opportunity afforded to people with intellectual disabilities.
Fore, C., Morales, C., Prouty, D., & Whittaker, E. (2023). Building the pathway towards inclusivity: A policy brief advocating for inclusive postsecondary education. MSW Program Policy Advocacy Briefs, Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/msw-student-policy-advocacy-briefs/50