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Description: Anna and Kenneth will share about the opportunities for postsecondary education in NC for emerging adults with IDD from their perspectives as an educator/administrator and alumni. Attendees will learn about ways to be prepared for an inclusive postsecondary education program, common admissions requirements, and resources that are available for families and students who want to explore postsecondary options as part of their transition plan.

Trainer: Anna Ward, Director of Advocacy and Inclusion, CIDD, UNC School of Medicine has been involved with inclusive postsecondary education in various capacities since 2011. Currently, she is the Director of Advocacy and Inclusion at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disability (CIDD)  at UNC Chapel Hill where she leads the efforts of the NC Post-Secondary Alliance and is the project manager for the HEELS UP Summer post-secondary program.  Prior to joining the CIDD, Anna was program director, and Principal Investigator for the Appalachian State University, Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program (SDAP).She works closely with the CIDD Disability Advocate staff and Self Advocate LEND Trainees (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) and works on multiple projects supporting transition, and inclusive reform on institutional, state and national levels.


Trainer: Kenneth Kelty Disability Advocate, Carolina Institute for DD, UNC School of Medicine is an award-winning speaker and disability advocate. Kenneth is a proud alumni of the Western Carolina University inclusive postsecondary Education program UP Program. He is a Disability Advocate at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, UNC Chapel Hill and also works as an administrative assistant for Triangle Disability and Autism Services. He also is the host of two podcasts: Exceeding Expectations with Kenneth Kelty, and The Waiting Room with Meet the Need NC.

Learning Objectives:

By end of the program, participants will be able to

  1. List and describe at least 2 postsecondary education programs in NC at 4-year residential settings and community colleges.
  2.  Identify and engage with at least three resources for students and families/guardians to help them prepare and make decisions about postsecondary education


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