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  • EXPLORE COLLEGE OPTIONS

    Learn about college options by searching a list of programs on our College Search page.

    What you read online is a good place to start. But the best way to get to know about a college is to contact them directly. Or even better, go for a college visit!

  • STUDENT STORIES

    Because every student’s journey to and through college looks different, Think College publishes student stories to share their unique experiences.

  • FAMILY VOICES

    The college conversation is a family conversation. Listen to some perspectives from parents about how college has impacted their role with their sons and daughters with intellectual disabilities.

    The For Families learning module
    shares important information for families when they are considering college for their son or daughter.

  • HELP US SPREAD THE WORD

    We want to make sure everyone knows that college is an option for students with disabilities. Here’s how you can help.

    Share the link to this website with friends, family, teachers, and other people in your life.

    Share the link on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Use the hashtag #ithinkcollege.

    Here’s an example of a tweet you could post on Twitter:

    Hear from students with intellectual disabilities who are LOVING college in these PSA videos #ithinkcollege.

  • OUR PARTNERS

    In 2014, Think College partnered with the University of Massachusetts Boston Center for Collaborative Leadership Emerging Leaders Program. We worked with Boston business leaders at Santander Bank, Citizens First Bank, Comcast, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Massport.

    The members of the Emerging Leaders team worked with Think College on a variety of activities. One key outcome was the airing of this series of videos as public service announcements on Comcast cable channels in the Northeast Region.

  • ABOUT THE FEATURED COLLEGES

    These videos feature students from Massachusetts who have made their college dreams come true by attending one of the public colleges or universities that participate in the Commonwealth's Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative.

    Funded since 2007, the Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative offers state grants to college-school partnerships to support eligible public high school students with intellectual disabilities, ages 18-22, to increase their academic and career success by being fully included in a college or university community of learners.

  • CREDITS

    Featuring

    • Jonathan
    • Matilda
    • Nolan
    • Paige
    • Shelby

    Narration

    • Rafael Wainhaus

    Directed by

    • Alvaro Tobar

    Consulting Producer

    • Melanie McLaughlin

    Produced by

    • Meg Grigal
    • Cate Weir

    Written By

    • Meg Grigal

    Edited by

    • Alvaro Tobar
    • Meg Grigal

    Music

    • Simon Beins

    Wardrobe

    • Rafael Wainhaus

    Special Thanks

    • Jayme Finstein
    • Mary Price
    • Maria Paiewonsky
    • Mass Bay Community College
    • Bridgewater State University
    • UMass Boston

WHO IS THINKING COLLEGE?

Too often students with intellectual disabilities aren't encouraged to consider college for their future.  At Think College, we want to change that.

The goal of these videos is to build public awareness of college as an option for all students, including students with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

Every student's journey to and through college looks different. Take a look at our video series, which are currently being broadcast on cable TV, and discover how you can use these and our other Think College resources to advocate for change in your school, college, or community. After that, think about making your own video and tell us your story! Become someone else's inspiration!!

SHELBY
Watch Shelby's video
MATILDA
Watch Matilda's video
NOLAN
Nolan
PAIGE
Watch Paige's video
JONATHAN
Watch Jonathan's video
ALL TOGETHER!
Watch video of all the students

 

Changing Expectations. Increasing Opportunities

Thanks to Comcast for their support in raising awareness of college options for students with intellectual disabilities.