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People with Intellectual Disabilities Can Study and Volunteer Abroad

In 2008, students with intellectual disabilities scored a victory in achieving access to higher education, following the reauthorization of the Higher Education Opportunities Act (HEOA). The new law made it possible for those wishing to attend an approved Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) to receive federal financial aid. A CTP is a program in which students with intellectual disabilities build their confidence, independence and career readiness by participating in college alongside their nondisabled peers.