Natasha Price, a 20 year old woman with Down Syndrome, was the first person to graduate with a certificate in College and Career Studies in the Path to Independence Program. The certificate is offered by the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and is a two year non-degree certificate program for students with intellectual disabilities. It is a collaboration of several UNR departments and state agencies.
"Now I get to say I went to college and I will always be of the Wolf Pack," Price said at a ceremony honoring her Monday night. She has credited the program for giving her confidence.
Mary Bryant, Director of the Path to Independence, stated, “"Many might not have known someone with a developmental disability who was allowed to participate like this, with high expectations, in high school."
Bryant said studies show that students with developmental disabilities that have access to post-secondary education are more likely to find and keep a job, live above the poverty level and have employment options