Postsecondary Education Programs on College Campuses Supporting Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the Literature: A Scoping Review Academic Article uri icon


  • Postsecondary education (PSE) programs for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) have increased steadily since the passage of the Higher Education Opportunity Act. The purpose of this scoping review was to explore a decade of research pertaining to PSE programs for students with IDDs on college campuses. Online databases were examined. Hand searches were completed to identify studies released from 2008 to 2018 about PSE programs offered on college campuses. Sixty-eight studies met inclusion criteria: 43 peer-reviewed articles across 26 interdisciplinary journals and 25 dissertations across 20 universities. This review identified an increasing trend in research on PSE programs on college campuses. Suggestions for future research and implications for stakeholders were discussed.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Whirley, M. L., Gilson, C. B., & Gushanas, C. M.

complete list of authors

  • Whirley, Mary L||Gilson, Carly B||Gushanas, Christina M

publication date

  • January 1, 2020 11:11 AM