The Kentucky Supported Higher Education Partnership (KSHEP) is a network of Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) across the state offering inclusive higher education programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, such as Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary (CTP) programs.
CTPs support students with intellectual disabilities (ID) who want to continue academic or career and technical instruction at an IHE in order to better prepare for competitive integrated employment and independent living.
The State of HDI is a podcast exploring initiatives and projects of the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI).
In Episode 1, Johnny Collett (HDI Deputy Director) and Erin Fitzgerald (CTP Coordinator) discuss inclusive higher education programs that support students with education and career goals.
About the KSHEP-TAC
KSHEP-TAC refers to the statewide technical assistance center for supported higher education in Kentucky. KSHEP-TAC is a project of the Human Development Institute (HDI) at the University of Kentucky (UK). In that role, HDI provides technical assistance and support to colleges and universities that have established, or may be interested in establishing inclusive higher education programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, such as Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary (CTP) programs.
Students with intellectual disabilities (ID) are significantly underrepresented in higher education.
In Kentucky, only 18% of students with disabilities (across disability categories) were enrolled at a college or university in the year following their exit from high school.
Only 6% of students with ID were enrolled at a college or university in the year following their exit from high school.
Kentucky Post-School Outcomes Center (KYPSO), Youth-One-Year-Out (YOYO), 2020