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Thursday, December 14 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Recent National Data on Inclusive Higher Education for Students with Intellectual Disability LIMITED

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Think College, the National Coordinating Center for the US Department of Education-funded Transition and Postsecondary Education Programs for Students with Intellectual Disability (TPSID) programs will share findings from its recent evaluation of 44 TPSID programs located at US colleges and universities in 2015-16 as well as trend data over 6 years related to inclusive course access, career development, campus membership, credential attainment and employment outcomes at these programs. The Higher Education Opportunities Act of 2008 created grants for TPSID model demonstration projects, implemented between 2010 and 2015 at 57 colleges and universities and currently being implemented from 2015 to 2020 at 44 campuses in the U.S. The data presented in this session are from a large-scale survey study of the practices and effectiveness of inclusive higher education implemented by the 25 TPSID grantees in 2015-16. The evaluation protocol implemented by the TPSID NCC was reviewed and approved by the federal Office of Management and Budget. This web-based data collection effort reflects a uniform dataset for collection of program and student variables from the TPSID demonstration projects and their partner sites across the country. These data detail student demographics, enrollment, academic, social and employment engagement, as well as reflect programmatic infrastructure. The evaluation protocol was developed in alignment with the Think College Standards for Inclusive Higher Education (Grigal, Hart, & Weir, 2011). This dataset is currently the largest and most comprehensive source of information on inclusive higher education for students with ID. This session will be a poster presentation with two presenters. The poster will display a brief explanation of the TPSID model demonstration project and the role of the TPSID NCC in evaluating the TPSID projects will be provided, as well as a graphical and visual presentation of the primary findings from recent data. Specific data to be presented include inclusive course access, career development, campus membership, credential attainment and employment outcomes at these programs. In addition to the visual poster, the presentation will include two accompanying accessible handouts that further describe the findings from 2015-2016 data related to the students who are attending college and the practices of the colleges/universities involved. Higher education for students with intellectual disability (ID) has evolved from a strongly family- and self-advocate led grassroots effort to a national movement guided by legislation. Opportunities exist for students with significant support needs to attend college as a result of both grassroots and legislative advocacy and activism. These efforts are effecting change in higher education. Raising awareness of existing higher education opportunities and the benefits to students with ID that are gained through participation in these programs through this poster presentation allows for persons with ID, families, practitioners, and others to gain knowledge that will allow them to advocate for greater access to these opportunities. Assuring access to higher education to all is a social justice issue, and we must continue to share information and increase opportunity.

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Clare Papay

Senior Research Associate, Think College, UMass Boston
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Cate Weir

Project Director, Think College
I am the director of the Think College National Coordinating Center, focusing on inclusive postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities.

Thursday December 14, 2017 4:30pm - 6:30pm EST
Imperial Ballroom, Salon A 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303