500 University Avenue West, Minot, ND


Our Vision: For all institutions of higher education across North Dakota and the Northern Plains to be inclusive of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD); providing programs that focus on academic, independent living, socialization, self-determination, and integrated work experiences culminating in competitive integrated employment for persons with ID and DD.


Student & Family Resources

Celebrating the Achievements of Braden Tooz: a Journey of Success and Inclusion

Breaking Barriers, Soaring High: Elizabeth Romanick’s Journey in an Inclusive College Program

From Dreams to Reality: A Parent’s Perspective on Their Son’s College Journey

Employment is an important domain of inclusive higher education programs. Check out some success stories of meaningful career opportunities that students have experienced in ASTEP.

Radek is working towards his technical studies certificate and his job at BEK Communications allows him to put his knowledge and skills into practice. ASTEP focuses on student’s strengths and interest to lead to successful employment.

Matthew applies his academic knowledge to make a real impact at the Roosevelt Park Zoo. Equipped with his expertise from nutrition classes, he skillfully prepares nourishing meals for the zoo’s beloved animals.

Tanner plays a valuable role in the training rooms, by helping the athletes stay hydrated and making sure the equipment is ready for practice.
Tanner’s love of sports has created a natural rapport with the athletes and is an important part of helping him to reach his career goals working in sports.

This project is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Post-Secondary Programs: #407A200032