For many parents of children with special needs, it’s hard to hear their child might never get a diploma or go to college. Franklin College aims to change that.
A new partnership between the college and Special Services Johnson County will allow students with special needs who have attended four years of high school to move on to college other students their age. Students in the program will spend one to two years at the college, taking one college course a semester, and work in the community.
The college emphasizes the importance of universal respect for its students, and having students with special needs in classes with college students, learning right beside them, will help teach that everyone deserves to be treated the same and have the same opportunities, according to David Brailow, Franklin College vice president for academic affairs.