Intellectually disabled students get pathway to college |

Intellectually disabled students get pathway to college

Elizabeth Hernandez
The Denver Post
Connor Long goes on a training ride with his coach, Susan Lubbers, along the Boulder Creek path on Friday.
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Colorado is one of four states without a pathway for students with intellectual disabilities to go to college, but that could change this fall.

A bill that passed both chambers in May and is awaiting Gov. John Hickenlooper’s signature will fund a pilot program in three state colleges for students with intellectual disabilities, such as Down syndrome or autism,who want a college education and experience.

“Colorado has been a state for 140 years, and, for all 140, there has been one demographic that’s been excluded from getting a college education, and that’s people with intellectual disabilities,” said Mac Mascovits, executive director of Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association. “As a society, we’re OK saying everybody else but them. It’s really exciting to know that the Senate and the House … saw the merit in this and didn’t want Colorado to be one of the last four states in the union.”

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