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Post-Secondary Education

Students attending regular college and university classes through Inclusive Post-Secondary Education attend as non-credit (audit) students. Students enroll in faculties and programs including Education, Business, Nursing, Kinesiology, Classics, Public Relations, Physical Education, Recreation and Arts, to name a few.

In class, fellow classmates offer assistance by doing such things as sharing notes, including in group work and encouraging discussion. Students with developmental disabilities take part in the same learning activities as their peers such as assignments, practicums, exams, and study groups and are supported to be successful by adapting and modifying materials and experiences as necessary. Students, classmates instructors and Inclusive Post-Secondary Facilitators work together to create inclusive learning experiences for all. Students supported by Inclusive Post-Secondary Education seek to expand their student role by becoming involved in extracurricular activities such as clubs, students' associations, recreation and social activities.

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Alberta has more Inclusive Post-Secondary Education initiatives and more experience with Inclusive Post-Secondary Education than any jurisdiction in the world. Initiated by families with the support of advocates in 1987, the University of Alberta became the first university to offer Inclusive Post-Secondary Education. Since then, with the support of Alberta Association for Community Living and Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD), 18 post-secondary institutions across the province are now offering inclusive education opportunities to students with developmental disabilities:     

Ambrose University

Athabasca University

Bow Valley College

Concordia University College of Alberta

Grande Prairie Regional College

Keyano College

Lakeland College

Lethbridge College

MacEwan University

Medicine Hat College

Mount Royal University


Norquest College

Prairie Bible Institute

Red Deer College

St. Mary's University College 

The King's University College

University of Alberta

University of Alberta (Augustana Campus)

University of Calgary


Inclusion Alberta sponsors an Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Network which represents all of the inclusive post-secondary education initiatives in Alberta. Through the network we offer ongoing staff development activities and retreats for parents, students and staff. We were successful in applying for a Community Research Grant, Persons with Developmental Disabilities Provincial Board, to research the inclusive education experiences of students, families and post-secondary institutions across all the existing initiatives.

Inclusion Alberta has been the primary developer of inclusive post-secondary education opportunities in Alberta. In addition, Inclusion Alberta has established and supported the only provincial network of inclusive post-secondary initiatives.


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