In 2018, EXCEL received a grant from Think College – the national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability- to build and support colleges and universities as they develop programs in Missouri and throughout the Midwest.

We have partnered financially with the University of Central Missouri (2010-2012, program development and support) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (2016-ongoing, student scholarships) to develop inclusive post-secondary opportunities for students with intellectual/developmental disabilities.  To date, more than 150 students and their families have benefited from these college experiences.

EXCEL is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization which began as a vision from families who have children with an intellectual disability. Seeking the same college opportunity as their typically developing peers, our families support this vision because we know that a college experience will lead to better jobs, lasting friendships and a richer opportunity to participate in the community as a whole.  We have developed, supported or inspired programs across the state of Missouri and consulted with programs throughout the state of Kansas.