NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
PDF on ERIC Download full text
ERIC Number: EJ1161633
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0161-827X
College Students with Intellectual Disabilities: How Are They Faring?
Hendrickson, Jo M.; Vander Busard, Amy; Rodgers, Derek; Scheidecker, Bethany
Journal of College and University Student Housing, v40 n1 p186-199 2013
Propelled by the reauthorization of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) and evidence that postsecondary education positively impacts employment and adult outcomes of individuals with intellectual disabilities (iD), inclusive living-learning opportunities for students with ID are emerging. accompanying the recent shift in conventional wisdom about "who" should go to college is a relative dearth of information on how students with ID who live in residence halls with traditional undergraduates are faring. We describe the University of Iowa (UI) REACH (Realizing Educational and Career Hopes) program, its students, and the living-learning community they experience at the University of Iowa. We describe strategies employed to support their transition to college, to build family partnerships, and to help them overcome the challenges and complexities of the social environment. Campus opportunities and the central role of student staff--RAs and mentors--to the integration of REACH students into the campus community are described. a comparison of UI-REACH and first-year college students on the Ryff scales of Psychological Well-Being and the openness to Diversity/Challenge scale revealed no significant differences between the student groups. These results suggest that UI-REACH and first-year college students are adjusting to college similarly on such dimensions as self-acceptance, personal growth, purpose in life, positive relations with others, environmental mastery, and autonomy. We strongly encourage colleges and universities to forge ahead in the development of inclusive postsecondary education options for students with ID.
Association of College and University Housing Officers - International. 941 Chatham Lane Suite 318, Columbus, OH 43221. Tel: 614-292-0099; Fax: 614-292-3205; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Postsecondary Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Higher Education Opportunity Act 1970; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Grant or Contract Numbers: P407A100030