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Making the College Experience Accessible

Young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities will have a chance to experience college life thanks to a new program at Missouri State University called Bear POWER.

The first group of up to 10 students will begin their two-year, five-semester inclusive college education in January 2019.

Bear POWER Director Rachel Heinz offers more insights about the program.

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Bear POWER has received funding from grants and private donations. Students accepted into the program will pay about $4,000 per semester.

Donations can be made online to help sustain the program or to support scholarships for students.

Bear POWER has partnered with several organizations in the community. They include: Abilities First, Arc of the Ozarks and Springfield Public Schools. 

To find out more about Bear POWER and the application process, visit the program's website

A native of Malaysia, Emily moved to Springfield in 2010 and started working at Missouri State University in 2014. She’s currently the assistant director in the Office of Strategic Communication. She has a BA in Mass Communications from Colorado State University-Pueblo and a Master of Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
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