Equity in higher education is of primary importance to the state of Colorado. Equity takes many forms and includes students with disabilities. Every public and private institution of higher education has an on office which focuses on supports, services and accommodations for students with disabilities. If you are a student with a disability seeking to attend a college or university in Colorado, we encourage you to contact your institution for specific information regarding the services they provide.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act apply to almost all colleges, universities, and trade schools. The laws mandate an equal opportunity for students with disabilities – they’re entitled to benefit from all the services of those institutions and to use campus facilities.
The below initiatives are specific to Colorado:
In 2016, Senate Bill 16-196 created a pilot program to establish inclusive higher education programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the University of Northern Colorado, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and Arapahoe Community College. Visit the above link for more information.
The Colorado Office of Employment First was born from the 2016 Senate Bill 16-077 “Employment First Advisory Partnership” (a partnership of multiple state agencies including the Department of Higher Education). Employment First is a philosophy that individuals with significant disabilities have the right to engage in employment at or above minimum wage in an integrated environment, which allows for meaningful interaction with co-workers without disabilities. The Office of Employment First is the lead organization in Colorado to provide training, technical assistance, communication, coordination and evaluation/monitoring on Employment First initiatives in Colorado.