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 bygenerating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, andengaging with students, professionals and families.

Think College Inclusion Oregon Coalition is a growing movement dedicated to creating college opportunities for youth in Oregon. We are actively pursuing funding to help make college dreams a reality for all families.

If you would like be a part of this work, please email info@nwdsa.org.

Meet Patrick

Patrick is a young man from California who is helping lead the charge for college options along the west coast.

He traveled to Portland to participate in a mapping session with other young adults who aspire to go to college. Together, they created a visual depiction of their hopes and dreams.

The following day, the youths presented their map to the Think College West Coast Coalition. Members of the coalition discussed how to enable young adults achieve their dreams of secondary education and inclusive employment.

Think College West Coast Coalition

TCWCC was created in part from a federal FDP grant. Members of the coalition include representatives– from all over the West Coast– from school districts, community colleges, universities, parent groups, learning centers, non profits, Senator’s offices, and of course young adults who wish to attend college.

 Members of TCIOC meet with Senator Ron Wyden to discuss college opportunities in Oregon

Members of TCIOC meet with Senator Ron Wyden to discuss college opportunities in Oregon

No Dead Ends for Kids

High school student Daniel Jarvis-Holland shares his dreams of college and a fully included life to the PPS Board of Education

Press about Think College

“College access not impossible anymore for those with intellectual disabilities”

Daniel Jarvis-Holland, 16, is hoping to be eligible for a new Portland State University program in which students with intellectual disabilities would attend a part-time work study program and part-time college courses.

Read the full article at portlandtribune.com

“Surprising idea for special education students: Go to college”

Daniel Jarvis-Holland is a sophomore at Benson Polytechnic High School. He has Down syndrome and wants to go to college. Now he finally can. PSU is pioneering a way for young Oregonians with intellectual disabilities to attend college via the Think College Inclusion Oregon (TCIO) project.

Read the full article on Oregonlive.com

 Quinn, Eddie, and Daniel speak at the All Born (in) conference

Quinn, Eddie, and Daniel speak at the All Born (in) conference