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Education: Disability Specific Resources:

Intellectual/Developmental Disability

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National Directory

Think College, a resource on college options for students with Intellectual Disabilities, has gathered a comprehensive collection of resources to help students navigate post-secondary education options. There are more than 200 colleges and universities across the United States that offer programs designed specifically for students with Intellectual Disabilities.

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State Listings


Foothill College Adaptive Learning Division, located in Los Altos Hills, California, offers courses and services on campus and in the community designed to help people with physical, developmental, communication, and learning disabilities. Study programs include a 12-month transition to work program, a variety of community based classes, an adaptive physical education class and more. They also offer a number of on-campus support services including a disability resource center and a computer access center, which provides instruction and support in the use of adaptive computer technology for students with disabilities. For more information, call (650) 949-7332 (Voice) or (650) 948-6025 (TDD).

San Joaquin Delta College Disabled Student Services located in Stockton, California provides support to students with physical, communication, learning and developmental disabilities in both on and off campus programs. The college offers services for individuals that are deaf that include specialized classes, notetaker services and interpreting services. They also provide special education classes when necessary and offer a learning disability program. For more information, visit the website or call the admissions office at (209) 954-5628.

K12 Academics: Down Syndrome is a website devoted to providing resourceful information for a number of topics in education and disabilities. The section for Down Syndrome includes Fiction, Medical Research, Notable Individuals with Down Syndrome, Overview, Sociology, books, videos, organizations, support services & mailing lists for the disability.

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Cape Cod Community College offers Project Forward, a non-credit certificate program aimed at educating individuals with severe learning disabilities and cognitive impairments. The program focuses on developing vocational skills, communication skills, self-awareness and self-advocacy skills, relationship skills and responsibility. Instruction takes place in the classroom and through other various on-site training activities. For more information, call (508) 362-2131, ext. 4763.

Institute for Developmental Disabilities, Inc. is a non-profit corporation providing medical, educational and residential services to children and adults with severe to profound developmental disabilities in a rural country setting. Day Habilitation services, also referred to as Assonet Bay Life Skills Environment (A.B.L.E.) I & II programs, are designed to meet the needs of those in the Adult Program who require active habilitation designed to address a variety of individualized habilitation goals, such as fine motor skill development, sensory skill development, cooking skills, and community inclusion. Their diverse team of therapists and specialists offers occupational, physical, speech and music therapy; an adapted physical education program that includes a gym, fitness program, and a therapeutic pool with a unique barrier-free lift that facilitates easy transfer from wheelchair to pool; adaptive design services to tailor wheelchairs and adaptive equipment according to an individual's specific needs; and low-vision/orientation and mobility services to help visually impaired students better access their environment and the educational process. For more information regarding IDDI's admissions, programs, services, and community or arrange a tour of their campus and facilities, please contact them today at (508) 644-3101 or info@iddicommunity.org or the Institute for Developmental Disabilities, Inc., 38 Narrows Road, P.O. Box 372, Assonet, MA 02702.


Camphill Soltane fosters independence for young adults with developmental disabilities aged 18 to 25 years. Education is offered in both a community and classroom environment. Classroom instruction covers such subjects as language, arts, history, astronomy, earth sciences, horticulture and reading and writing. Classroom instruction is enhanced by activities in life-skills training. They also offer an opportunity for skills assessment, job coaching, job placement and training in local corporations. For more information, call (866) 469-0933 or e-mail information@camphillsoltane.org.


New Sign Shepherds College, located in Union Grove, Wisconsin, is an accredited non-degree granting, three-year post-secondary educational program for students with intellectual disabilities. The college offers two study tracks, Culinary Arts and Horticultural Studies, as well as a general education program that focuses on the development of functional academic skills, mobility skills, spirituality, daily living skills and social/emotional skills. Students are welcomed from across the United States and are housed in on campus apartments. To learn more about Shepherds College, call (262) 878-5620.

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