Grants Help Youth With Disabilities

BOSTON — A dozen state universities and community colleges in Massachusetts are receiving state grants to help them develop academic programs for young adults with intellectual disabilities.

The Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative is designed for public high school students between the ages of 18 and 22 who have individualized education programs and may not have taken or passed the MCAS graduation exam. It allows them to take inclusive college courses and participate in college social activities rather than remaining in a high school setting.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker says the program provides new opportunities for young adults with intellectual disabilities to develop professional and personal skills.

Among the campuses sharing in the $1.1 million in grants are the University of Massachusetts’ Amherst and Boston locations, four state universities and six community colleges.

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