Education and Inclusion for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Postsecondary Education
In 2019, the employment—population ratio for people without disabilities was 66.3% while the ratio for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) was only 19.3%. Since education is an important factor in getting a job, this stark contrast between the number of people employed with and without disabilities indicates that a reevaluation of postsecondary education for people with IDD is necessary. To ensure that people with IDD are receiving enough support and preparation to successfully be employed, this research finds the best methods of promoting inclusion and providing beneficial and equal education for students with IDD in postsecondary education. Through interviews, the paper analyzes the views of postsecondary students with IDD, neurotypical students in universities, and college professors on the current status of education for people with IDD and inclusion. Through analysis of their responses and other studies on this topic, this research aims to evaluate educational curriculums and methods that promote inclusion for students with IDD so that they will have better support and resources during their postsecondary education.
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