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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
  • Candace Pelt, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, Oregon Department of Education
  • 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,

If you would like to be a part of this work, please email

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Latest News about TCIOC

This testimony is a contribution to the Equity in Education meeting discussions. It recognizes people with disabilities are an underrepresented group and the equity of their education needs to be elevated and included in equity discussions.

An update from Jamie Burch regarding our Think Inclusive College West Coast Coalition.

The first graduating class from PSU's four year Think College Inclusion Oregon program (the first university program for students with intellectual disabilities) includes Rachel and Will!

Rachel, one of the first students to complete the College and Community Studies Program at PSU, and staff member at NWDSA/ABI reflects on her experience.

Congratulations, Rachel! We are so proud of you!!!


Friday, April 17, 2020
8:00 am-5:00 pm
Holiday Inn Portland Airport, 8439 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland, OR 97220

All Born (in) Conference Master Session presented by Think Inclusive College West Coast Coalition featuring local and national presenters

Together we will learn and share with national and local experts on transition and inclusive college! This powerful day builds on successes and creates action steps for youth (16-25), parents, educators, professionals, and anyone interested in increasing inclusive higher education opportunities in the NW region. Receive information, network, and take part in state-level advocacy around inclusive postsecondary education for individuals with intellectual disability (ID) in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, northern California, and Nevada.

Andy Arias, Advocacy Professional
Debra Hart, Think College
Denise Rozell, AUCD
Lori Cooney, Think College
Stephanie Smith Lee, NDSC
More coming soon!

Registration will be available soon.


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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