MIHEC Learning Community Webinars: High-Quality Inclusive Higher Education Initiatives


In this session, presenter Edie Cusack reviews the process of creating an effective and successful post-secondary education program for students with intellectual disability from conception to implementation. She joined the College of Charleston [South Carolina] in 2010 and established a four-year, fully-inclusive postsecondary education initiative on campus. Drawing on her experience, Cusack covers planning, potential barriers, training, engaging all stakeholders, and measuring outcomes. She explains how to prepare faculty and staff and develop potential systems of support including tutors and mentors. She also has suggestions for students and their parents on how to prepare for college while still in high school and gives tips for the college search. See Cusack's TEDx Talk on “College– possible for students with intellectual disability.


November 2023 
Minnesota Inclusive Higher Education Consortium (MIHEC)
Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota


  • Employment and postsecondary education
    • Preparing for postsecondary education
  • Specific disability
    • Intellectual/developmental disability (IDD)