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Higher Education for Disabled Students Focus of Community Forum May 7 at HCC

A community forum to discuss post-secondary opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities will take place at HCC Central from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 7 in Room 100 of the Learning Hub Science Building at HCC Central, 1300 Holman St, Houston, TX 77004.

The Texas Consortium, a group of colleges and agencies that work with youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, sponsors the forum.

The Texas Consortium is comprised of representatives from Austin Community College’s Steps Program, Down Syndrome Association of Greater Texas, HCC Central’s VAST Academy, the Texas Center for Disability Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and Texas Tech University’s Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research.

Discussion topics include:

  • The current landscape of higher-education inclusion policy, research and practice.
  • The benefits and outcomes of higher education for transitioning youth and adults.
  • A review of some of the pervasive myths about the potential for students with intellectual disabilities to go to college and beyond.

The forum’s special guest speaker is Dr. Meg Grigal, principal investigator of Think College, a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disabilities.

Housed at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Think College supports evidence-based and student-centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families.

The forum is free and open to all.

For more information, please contact Sue Moraska, Director, VAST Academy, at 713.718.6833 or


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