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Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability. With a commitment to equity and excellence, Think College supports evidence-based and student-centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals, and families.

The Think Inclusive College West Coast Coalition is the regional hub for Think College. It is a collaboration of higher education professionals, transition educators, inclusive college advocates, parents, and youths age 15 – 25 in Oregon, Washington, northern California, and Idaho. Working collaboratively, we successfully advocated for a college program at PSU. Together we will explore best practices and innovative programs to builds partnerships and collaborate to create more post-secondary inclusive options for students with intellectual/developmental disabilities in the NW region. We encourage you to join us to bring about powerful, positive change!

The Think Inclusive College Advisory Group includes:

  • Angela Jarvis-Holland, Executive Director, NWDSA/ABI
  • Jamie Burch, Project & Community Coordinator, NWDSA/ABI
  • Maria Rangel, Bilingual Outreach Coordinator, NWDSA/ABI
  • Rachel Esteve, New Parent Outreach Coordinator Assistant, NWDSA/ABI
  • Daniel Jarvis-Holland, ABI Social Justice Youth Program, NWDSA/ABI
  • Stephanie Smith Lee, Senior Policy Advisor, National Down Syndrome Congress
  • Mary Morningstar, Professor, Portland State University School of Education
  • Sharon Lewis, National Expert in Disability Policy
  • Jennifer Spencer-Iiams, Assistant Superintendent, West Linn-Wilsonville School District
  • Debra Hart, Director of Education and Transition Team, Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass
  • Denise Rozell, Director of Policy Innovation, Association of Centers on Disabilities
  • Guadalupe Guerrero, Superintendent, Portland Public Schools
  • Dr. Kathy Ludwig, Superintendent, West Linn-Wilsonville School District
  • Heather Lindsey, Deputy Director, Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation,

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Latest NEWS About Think Inclusive College West Coast Coalition

The latest news in inclusive higher learning.

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This last year has been many things for us including isolation, fear, disability discrimination, information, ableism, challenges, lack of disability access, creativity, dissemination, outreach, growth, and successes. The pandemic has further revealed how important it is that disability is included in every equity conversation, including transition and higher education conversations about students with intellectual developmental disabilities accessing college.

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After many years of passionate advocacy, and with the support of their families and educators, youth with intellectual developmental disabilities (IDD) finally realized their dream of attending college. PSU also took a phenomenal step forward in its commitment to equity and access to a marginalized population that had been segregated and excluded.

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Will, one of the first students to complete the College and Community Studies program at PSU, and staff member at NWDSA/ABI reflects on his transition and college experience.

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NW Disability Support supports House Bill 2590 in Oregon and is pleased to see effort around identifying root causes of underrepresentation in higher education and steps toward remedies occurring. To be sure HB 2590 is inclusive, a wording amendment to the bill is requested.

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Daniel Jarvis-Holland speaks about his college dreams

"I have a lot of dreams for my future. I will need more people on my team to make this happen." - Daniel Jarvis-Holland

Beauty in Diversity art reception at PCC

The “Beauty in Diversity” art reception at the Portland Community College SE Campus, Sept 2014. This exhibit was sponsored by All Born (In) and featured images celebrating our common humanity by Jodi Collins Photography, and remarks from OEIB Chair Dr. Nancy Colden and PCC board member Courtney Wilton. The event was Funded in part by the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Press About Think College

  • PSU program opens doors of higher ed to students with intellectual disabilities. (

  • Hundreds of colleges across the U.S. are opening doors to higher education for students with intellectual disability. The 36-minute film “Opening Doors to College” shows how students like Curtis, Janet, Fudia, and Missy are leading this inclusion revolution as they immerse themselves in classes, residential life, extracurricular activities, and the entire college experience at Millersville and Temple Universities.

    This film was supported by the Pennsylvania Inclusive Higher Education Consortium, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education through the acquisition of a Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) grant.

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