Destination: Education – Exploring Inclusive Postsecondary Education Programs

When high school ends, it can be both exciting and daunting for Neurodivergent students and their parents. What’s the next step? Is continuing education the right fit? If so, where can my child find the support needed to succeed in a more independent environment?

At Parallel, we understand the complex questions you face. In our Destination: Education blog series, we’ll guide you through the possibilities for your child’s educational future.

What is Inclusive Postsecondary Education (IPSE)?

IPSE programs are college-level programs designed for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Students typically participate for two to four years alongside a group of peers. IPSE programs promote inclusion in multiple areas:

  • Academics: Students may audit or take classes for credit towards a certificate or credential.
  • Social: Engagement in campus activities with peers who may not have disabilities.
  • Work: Internships, job training, and workforce preparation.

IPSE programs aim to build skills necessary for students to become active participants in their communities and the workforce.

Choosing the Right IPSE Program

Not all IPSE programs are created equal, so careful research is key to finding a good fit. Here’s what to consider:

  • Cohort Composition: Does your child share interests and characteristics with potential classmates? This group will greatly influence your child’s experience. Attend open houses to get a feel for the program’s social dynamic.
  • Campus Setting: Is it urban or rural? Consider your child’s comfort level, transportation needs, and if the setting aligns with their future goals (e.g., working in a city).
  • Living Accommodations: Does the program offer on-campus housing, off-campus housing assistance, or no housing support? Determine the level of independence your child is ready for and the support the program provides.
  • Institutional Support: How strongly does the college back the IPSE program? This affects its robustness, student body acceptance, and mentorship opportunities.
  • Program Leadership & History: Established programs often have better success rates. Look at graduation rates, retention, and if alumni find meaningful employment.


Understanding Your Child’s Needs

The best IPSE program aligns with your child’s abilities, aspirations, and need for support. It should foster growth and safety, preparing them for a fulfilling life as an included member of society.

Parallel: Your Journey Partner

Deciding on the right IPSE program can be overwhelming, but we’re here to guide you. Together, we’ll navigate the options, embrace the journey, and support your child in finding a path toward success defined by purpose, dignity, and respect.

What’s Next?

In our next blog we’ll discuss Colleges and Universities accredited to award degrees to individuals with disabilities. Want to plan along? If you have The RoadMap Lab™, we will stay on Step Three for a while, so keep the page open! If not, grab a copy on Amazon or order the complete workbook.

Take The Next Step On Your Journey With Parallel

The journey to the future starts here, and we’re excited to be a part of it, wherever you’re going. If you’re a parent ready to help your child take the next step, we would love to hear from you. Our passion is to create personal, human-centered, customized transition plans, one individual at a time. Together, let’s craft a future your child will love.



Parallel International Consulting is an expert Neurodiversity consulting group that works to create strategic plans for the future for invested families seeking to transition their Neurodivergent child to an adulthood of independence, purpose, and dignity. We are based in the United States and work with individuals all over the world. To find out more about how you can start the journey with us, visit, purchase The RoadMap Lab, or email us at

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