Inclusive Post-Secondary: Institutions in the Network

More than 30 years of experience, driven by families and supported by Inclusion Alberta.

In 1987, the University of Alberta became the first university in the world to offer a fully inclusive post-secondary education to students with intellectual disabilities. Originally an opportunity sought by just a handful of Alberta families struggling to picture a meaningful life after high school for their children, inclusive post-secondary education now exists at over 20 colleges, technical institutions and universities in the province. More than 100 students have achieved education and career goals thanks to this initiative.

Post-secondary students go to class with their peers, live in residence, sit on student councils, participate in campus life, create long lasting relationships and secure employment in fields of interest.

Alberta post-secondary institutes including students with developmental disabilities:

Ambrose University

Athabasca University 

Bow Valley College

Concordia University of Edmonton

Northwestern Polytechnic

Keyano College *

Lakeland College

Lethbridge College *

MacEwan University

Medicine Hat College

Mount Royal University *


Norquest College

Olds College

Portage College

Prairie College *

Red Deer Polytechnic

St. Mary’s University *

The King’s University

University of Alberta*

University of Alberta (Augustana Campus)

University of Calgary *

University of Lethbridge

(* indicates an initiative not supported by Inclusion Alberta)

Inclusive Post-Secondary Provincial Network

Inclusion Alberta sponsors an Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Network which represents all institutions supported by Inclusion Alberta and those that are self-governed. The purpose of the provincial network is to create a collaborative space where ideas and approaches may be shared and explored, and to create the opportunity for critical thinking and reflection relative to shared work in supporting students with intellectual disabilities. Through the network we offer ongoing staff development training and reflective space to continue to enhance the experience of students and families.

For more information on the Network, contact us: | 1-800-252-7556