Postsecondary Education





Welcome Fall 2019 ProFellows!

The Fall 2019 Professional Fellows were at the AUCD office on Friday, October 18 for their orientation. For the next five weeks, they will participate in an intensive learning exchange at a UCEDD or a LEND.

Having navigated Assessment Day, the 2019-20 Project SEARCH class is now attending classes on the medical center campus and soon will be working at internships throughout the Munroe-Meyer Institute, UNMC, Nebraska Medicine and Sodexo.


Assessment Day First Step Toward Employment (NE UCEDD/LEND)

On the screen hanging in the front of the room is a message written in red letters: Welcome to Assessment Day. This May 2019 morning is the beginning of assessment day for Project SEARCH, the medical center-based job-training program for adults with developmental disabilities. There are 20 applicants this year, and they will spend the morning going from station to station, taking part in interviews and being assessed on various skills.



The Arc Minnesota's GetSet! Online Interest Tool

The thought of leaving school for the adult world is intimidating to most young adults, including those with disabilities. Making decisions about post-secondary opportunities, career paths, and living arrangements can be overwhelming. That's why The Arc Minnesota developed GetSet! This tool helps young people stay focused during challenges and decision-making. GetSet! is a quiz based on person-centered principles.



MNLEND Fellow Becomes a Special Education Director at Minneapolis Public Schools Organization: Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD/LEND)

The Minneapolis Public Schools have chosen Deeqaifrah ("Deeqa") Hussein (MNLEND Fellow, 2017-18) as a Special Education Director. She credits many people and organizations for helping her get the position, including her husband Abdi Hussein (MNLEND Fellow, 2016-17) and family (she has two children with autism); the University of St. Thomas where she is earning her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Learning; her internship at the Minneapolis Public Schools with Rochelle Cox, Executive Director of Special Education and Health (and Hussein's new supervisor); and the student/family advocacy skills she learned as a MNLEND Fellow. Hussein spent the past two years as an Autism Itinerant Teacher, and for two years before that she was a High School Special Education Resource Teacher



Step Up Program Helps High School Students with Autism Prepare for College (ME UCEDD)

The pilot program focused on high school juniors or seniors with an autism spectrum diagnosis who are also transition clients being served by the Maine Department of Labor's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. It was designed to help them gain skills and experience in a number of areas that are associated with postsecondary education success for students with disabilities. These areas included learning social skills, practicing self-determination, attending a college-level class, campus living, and paid employment.



New U.S. Department of Education Guidance on IDEA and VR Funding for Postsecondary Students with ID

Joint Statement of AUCD, Autism Society and NDSC

The guidance clarifies that IDEA and VR funds may be used to support students with intellectual disability in postsecondary programs. It is an important step in the right direction. While IDEA, WIOA, and the Higher Education Act intend for such funding to be available, guidance from ED has sometimes been interpreted to deny services and funding.



Tuesdays with Liz: Meg Grigal Discusses Education for People with Disabilities

In this week's edition of Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, Liz interviews Meg Grigal, Co-Director of Think College, about the importance of educational opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities - specifically post-secondary education.



ICI (MA UCEDD/LEND) Researchers Win $600K Grant from Department of Education

The ICI has been awarded a 2-year, $600,000 grant from the Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Special Education Research. The grant will fund a study titled "Moving Transition Forward: Exploration of College-based and Conventional Transition Practices for Students with Intellectual Disability and Autism."


Past Events

 Think College Webinar: Policy Tools You can Use to Share YOUR Voice

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Impacting policy does not have to be scary. Join us to hear the latest Washington news as we explore what is happening in the 116th Congress and on the campaign trail. We will share actions and tips to help you make an impact. This webinar is for those interested in finding out what is going on in Congress now, what issues need your attention, and how to impact change.

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AAIDD 143 Annual Meeting

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Monday, June 24, 2019 - Thursday, June 27, 2019
Location: Twin Cities, MN

The 143rd AAIDD Annual Meeting will provide a forum for researchers, practitioners, policymakers, students and advocates to learn about innovations in our field that are being translated and implemented on a grander scale. Through knowledge translation we can change practices and policies through effectively communicating our research and creating change at all levels. In a political climate that is complex and dynamic, it is important to remain relevant through the thoughtful translation of our knowledge.

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Related Links



Think College Publications

Newsletters, Fact Sheets and Policy Briefs

Think College Publications Think College! is an initiative of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston to conduct research, training, and technical assistance for professionals, families, and students related to postsecondary education for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities



The Postsecondary Education Research Center Project (PERC)

Information and Resources on College Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities


Transition and Post-School Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities: Closing the Gaps to Post-Secondary Education and Employment

National Council on Disability Report

Research to Practice: Postsecondary Education Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Institute for Community Inclusion Brief

The George Washington University HEATH Resource Center

Online Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities


The Next Step

Streaming video, also available for order.

The 19-minute video, "The Next Step," from the Texas DD Council presents personal stories of five Texans with disabilities who enrolled in colleges, universities or technical schools. See the videos on line; videos can also be ordered in DVD and VHS format.


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