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University and beyond for adults with an intellectual disability: ABC radio

ABC Radio's Life Matters program featured an initiative that supports people with intellectual disability to experience university life at Sydney University called Uni 2 Beyond.

Imagine it's always been a dream of yours to go to university. Maybe someone in the family's been and you've heard the stories of how much they loved campus life, or, you've watched your school friends head off to university after they finished year 12.

However, for you the marks needed to get into university are beyond you, not because you haven't worked hard enough or you don't want to learn, but your intellectual disability puts getting into university beyond your reach.

A program at Sydney University called Uni 2 Beyond is aimed squarely at opening up the sandstone buildings of Australia's oldest university to adults with intellectual disabilities.

Professor Patricia O'Brien is from the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Sydney that runs this program while Tahli Hind and Chris Bunton are current and past students of the program.

uni 2 beyond website

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