When it initially emerged in the 1990’s, the concept of supported education was heralded as a promising practice that could help people with psychiatric disabilities return to school by providing the right support. Two decades later, the idea of supported education continues to grow in popularity, and many colleges and universities have entire programs tasked with helping their students with mental health needs to flourish on campus.
That’s progress, but in day-to-day practice, it can still be hard to locate and recognize supported education. Some programs offer a significant array of supports and accommodations, but don’t use the term “supported education.” Others do use the term, but serve students with behavioral health needs within a larger program designed for all students with disabilities. The types of supports that are available can also vary widely.
To help potential students learn what to look for when they seek out a supported education program,, The CAFE TA Center has produced its latest white paper, What Does Supported Education Look Like? It provides some examples of supported education programs from around the country, so potential students will have an idea of what to look for when choosing a college or university. Finding the right program takes some work, but asking the right questions can make all the difference. To find out what those questions are, check out What Does Supported Education Look Like? today!