Inclusive Post Secondary Education

What is IPSE?

The IPSE program, coordinated by Inclusion Alberta, helps adults with developmental disabilities build the skills needed to live independently and contribute to their community. Students:

  • register to audit courses or programs on a non-credit basis
  • participate fully in all parts of college and university classes (such as lectures, labs, assignments and exams)
  • take part in convocation with their classmates when they complete the program and receive a certificate of achievement

A facilitator helps students:

  • set achievable personal goals
  • select courses
  • access tutoring
  • recruit peer supports
  • change classroom and exam materials
  • by supervising their practicum

Programs are wide ranging and can include:

  • Bachelor of Arts (various majors)
  • Bachelor of Music
  • criminal justice
  • culinary arts
  • animal health technology
  • business administration
  • hospitality and tourism
  • kinesiology
  • sports studies

Students are also encouraged to take part in campus life, including:

  • clubs
  • sports and recreation
  • cultural events

Contact Inclusion Alberta to find an IPSE program near you.

Where to Go?

Many Post-Secondary Institutions offer IPSE in Alberta and around Canada. Look into your specific institution to inquire if they do. Here are some other specific links to provide more information about their opportunities 

Alberta post-secondary institutes including students with developmental disabilities:

Ambrose University

Athabasca University *

Bow Valley College

Concordia University of Edmonton

Northwestern Polytechnic

Keyano College *

Lakeland College

Lethbridge College *

MacEwan University

Medicine Hat College

Mount Royal University *


Norquest College

Olds College

Portage College

Prairie College *

Red Deer Polytechnic

St. Mary’s University *

The King’s University

University of Alberta

University of Alberta (Augustana Campus)

University of Calgary *

University of Lethbridge

(* indicates an initiative not supported by Inclusion Alberta)

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