Using an iPad app, Colton Vazquez, a senior at Allderdice High School, works on a lesson in managing money with school paraprofessional Daryl Anderson. (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource)

Meet Colton, a student with Down syndrome, who plans to take part in the wave of inclusive higher ed programs.

This fall, Colton Vazquez, who has Down syndrome, will be one of a few thousand high school graduates attending college in a non-traditional yet quite regular way. These students will commute to their campuses or live in dorms, audit classes or take them for credit, become more independent and self-reliant, explore career interests and make new friends. In other words, they’ll be doing exactly what their fellow college students are doing.

Dr. Thomas Parran Jr. is a public health icon with a legacy marred by unethical behavior. The University of Pittsburgh is considering if Parran Hall should be renamed. (Photo by Mila Sanina/PublicSource)

Pitt leadership hears from experts, community on removing “racist, ugly” legacy from campus building

Barely a half-mile from the controversial monument to Pittsburgh-born Stephen Foster — set for removal after being criticized for honoring racism — stands Parran Hall.

The University of Pittsburgh building is named after Dr. Thomas Parran Jr., a public health icon whose legacy is irrevocably tied to racist, unethical medical experiments.