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In the US, institutions of higher education and programs within the institutions are accredited using standards that help ensure that the educational experience  offered to students meets an acceptable level of quality. Program accreditation standards provide guidelines for colleges and universities on how to develop and improve programs, validate these programs within institutions of higher education, and give students and their families an assurance of quality.

Accreditation standards for postsecondary education (PSE) programs for students with intellectual disability (ID) have been developed and a program accreditation process is currently being piloted.

While there is not yet a process by which PSE programs for students with ID, there are resources available to help programs learn about the standards and begin to consider how they can meet these standards in their programs.   This page has collected resources for all those interested in program accreditation.

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This virtual conference will take place on July 17, 2021. For more information please visit:

Class of 2016 Recognized

On Tuesday, 14 graduates of Integrative Community Studies at UNC Greensboro were recognized for their accomplishments and contributions during their four years as students at UNCG. Notable awards were also presented to students who exemplified outstanding performance in academics, campus involvement, and community activism. Provost Dana Dunn provided remarks and awarded the graduates their certificates. She thanked this class for “keeping UNCG focused on the positive impact of student learning opportunities,” and emphasized UNCG’s core values of equity, diversity, and inclusion. UNCG is well-known for demonstrating inclusive excellence, and graduates of the ICS program personify these values.

Students will also be recognized on Friday, May 6th at UNCG’s Commencement Ceremony. The event will take place at the Greensboro Coliseum, beginning at 10:00 a.m. More information about Commencement can be found at Commencement Central.

UNCG student receives certificate

2015 Integrative Community Studies Recognition Ceremony

Join Beyond Academics at UNCG as we recognize graduates of the Integrative Community Studies in the Elliot University Center Cone Ballroom on May 6, 2015. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 am and conclude with a reception honoring graduates and academic award recipients. The Class of 2015 has fulfilled the ICS requirements, and through their individual and collective successes, demonstrates that learning is a life-long and enriching process that has the power to transform lives.

ADA Legacy Tour Coming to UNCG!

Join the 25th anniversary celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on Monday, May 4, 2015 at UNC Greensboro, hosted by the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities, NC ADA Network, Beyond Academics at UNCG, and The ADA Legacy Project. The event will begin at 11:00 am at the Elliot University Center Auditorium, commemorating the landmark legislation and its future. Visit the ADA Legacy Tour Bus, learn the history, and be a part of the celebration! Food trucks will also be parked behind the EUC near the ADA Legacy Tour Bus. For parking information, please visit or follow signs on campus the day of the event.

Additional information about the ADA Legacy Project can be found on their website.

UNCG: Students With Intellectual Disabilities Have Access to Federal Aid

Via PRWeb on August 07, 2014:

UNCG students with intellectual and developmental disabilities can now apply for federal student aid.

UNCG’s Beyond Academics program is now one of only 34 similar programs in the country approved to participate in federal student aid programs. The approval came July 1 when Beyond Academics was designated a Comprehensive Training Program (CTP) by the U.S. Department of Education, giving eligible students access to federal grants.

Joan Johnson, UNCG’s CTP director, said the opportunity is “an exciting option in transforming lives.”

“The Integrative Community Studies certificate program has underscored UNCG’s vision and commitment to diversity, access and inclusion for more than seven years,” Johnson said. “The pursuit of and participation in higher education is a demonstrated and effective means to improvement in the quality of life for all citizens. The relatively new access to higher education for students with intellectual disabilities is showing significant results in higher success rates for self-sufficiency, employment and engaged citizenship.”

Post-secondary education prepares individuals with intellectual disabilities for 21st century jobs, independent living, and fulfilling personal, social, and civic responsibilities. UNCG houses one of the largest CTP programs in the nation, and is one of only three institutions offering a four-year curriculum. CTP partners with the nonprofit Beyond Academics.

Qualifying UNCG students may apply for funding from the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, and Federal Work-Study programs. Students with intellectual disabilities are eligible for federal financial aid thanks to the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

North Carolina is also seeking to ease financial burdens for students with intellectual disabilities and their families. Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan and Representatives David Price, Howard Coble, and Patrick McHenry are among those cosponsoring The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. The bill would allow individuals with a disability to establish tax-free accounts to pay for expenses such as higher education, health and wellness, and employment training. The ABLE Act was introduced into Congress in 2013 by a bipartisan bicameral set of Congress members and currently has 377 co-sponsors.

For more information about aid for students with intellectual disabilities, go to Learn more about the ABLE Act at


Autism Speaks Scholarship now available at UNCG

Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder are eligible for a new scholarship. UNCG is one of only 11 organizations nationwide now accepting applications for the Autism Speaks Family Services Brian and Patricia Kelly Postsecondary Education Scholarship.

Students seeking a degree OR seeking a certificate in Integrative Community Studies may apply. Awards of $2500-$5000 will be awarded to five or more students for the 2014 Fall Semester at UNCG. Applications are due August 22, 2014. Click the following links to:

Background. Since its foundation in 2005, Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

Through its Family Services Division, Autism Speaks has worked with donors Brian and Patricia Kelly to provide another top-drawer opportunity for young adults with ASD who want to continue their education and/or vocational training after secondary education. Brian and Patricia Kelly along with other autism advocates have established a scholarship fund for young adults with plans to enroll in universities, community colleges, vocational/technical schools, and other transition programs focused on career building and personal development.

In January 2014, Autism Speaks announced 11 organizational recipients from across the nation chosen for the launch of this fund. UNCG is proud to be among the successful applicants.

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