Down Syndrome Awareness: Going to College

People with Down syndrome...going to College? Yes, as a matter of fact there are many colleges with programs that are targeted to individuals with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities.

Nichole is only 3 years old, it is hard to know what her abilities will be when she is 18 or 21. We do not know if she will obtain a High School Diploma or a High School Certificate. But what we do know, is that regardless of what she obtains, there are programs and places where she can go to College, and I want to share two of those with you, because they are my favorite options out there.

Shepherds College is the country's leading three-year post-secondary educational program for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Just browsing their website gives me hope for Nichole's future. This is a real college experience, and there is adequate care and support for the students. Who said Nichole would live with us forever and never go to College, this is definitely a place where I would feel comfortable sending her to!

From their website:

That’s who we are. But what’s more important is who you are. What are your goals and dreams for the future? Shepherds College can help achieve and even expand those goals. We offer career skills, a smooth transition to Appropriate Independence and a lasting awareness of God and His plan for your life.


Think College is a phenomenal post-secondary program that focuses on transitioning students into a regular College Environment. Their website is a wealth of information where you can find colleges with programs in your area. I would highly recommend anyone to take a look at Think College!

From their website:

Doors to colleges are opening for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in many different ways all over the country. This website is designed to share what is currently going on, provide resources and strategies, let you know about training events, and give you ways to talk to others. The information is for transition aged students as well as adults attending or planning for college. It provides resources and tools for students, families, and professionals: click on the tabs above to see what’s here for you.

Lastly, I want to mention Pablo Pineda. He is a Spanish man with Down syndrome who has earned TWO College Degrees. Not special education degrees, but well earned with hard work and dedication. He is an inspiration to us of a life without limits! Pablo also speaks English :)