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Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Special Education

First Advisor

Dr. Colleen Thoma

Second Advisor

Dr. LaRon Scott

Third Advisor

Dr. Beth Bader

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Matthew Bogenschutz


This in-depth qualitative, phenomenological (Smith & Fowler, 2009) research study attempted to understand the experiences of young adults with intellectual disability who had completed a 2-year, inclusive postsecondary education program. 13 participants (4 former students with ID, 5 parents, and 4 Postsecondary Education staff members) participated in semi-structured interviews. Interviews were coded to provide themes amongst each individual group of participants. A document review was also conducted to better understand the program components and add validity to self-reports from interviews. Results were analyzed and used to provide implications for future research and program development.


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