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The Benefits of Postsecondary Education

What are the benefits for a student with an intellectual disability to go to college?

Transition programs and colleges around the nation are developing services, supports and programs for students with intellectual disabilities and autism. Going to college offers career choices, the ability to make more money and personal skills that can be used by an individual over a lifetime. These include making decisions and personal choices, communication skills, and friendships. 

Individuals with intellectual disabilities who complete a postsecondary program were more likely to exit vocational rehabilitation with a job in integrated employment and greater earnings than those who did not attend participate in postsecondary education.