Yes, I realize that she's not even in preschool yet but we're already planning on Josie going on to higher education. Did you know that all sorts of colleges around the nation have programs for individuals with special needs? I didn't either - until recently.
Many colleges have added customized curriculum's designed not only to educate individuals with special needs, but to offer an opportunity to acquire valuable life skills through independent living on campus while obtaining the same social experience that other college students have. I find this to be an incredible testimony to the way our society now values people with disabilities.
As parents we owe it all to the generation before us - those trailblazers who brought their babies with special needs home instead of institutionalizing them. Pioneers like my parents, who advocated for my sister's education instead of keeping her isolated at home without stimulation. Society has come a long way in terms of our perception of individuals with disabilities and what they're capable of.
As a result, I have every intention of sending Josie off to college alongside her typically developing peers. And as plentiful as the higher education opportunities for individuals with special needs are today, I am so excited to see what they will be like in 17 years!
Here are just a couple of links highlighting universities around the nation that offer these types of programs:
Now, how cool is that?!