WHAT IS INCLUSIVE POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION?
STEPS Forward has been supporting students with developmental disabilities to access equitable, coherent and Inclusive Post-Secondary Education [PSE] since 2001. Through partnerships with post-secondary institutions, students who have finished their high school education are supported across BC to enroll at their local university or college to complete studies, over 4-5 years, in the field of their choice. The institution recognizes students with a certificate at regular convocation alongside peers earning a bachelor degree in the same concentration of studies.
The BC Initiative for Inclusive PSE opens opportunities for students leaving high school with an evergreen leaving certificate to continue their education at UBC, UBCO, Emily Carr, SFU, Trinity Western, UVIC, NVIT and VIU.
The initiative supports students to challenge preconceptions about their desire and capacity as learners and is proving that students supported to have equitable access to PSE will benefit from the same opportunities as any student would, including greater autonomy, choice, paid work and social opportunities.
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