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1 2011 OSEP Leadership Mega Conference Collaboration to Achieve Success from Cradle to Career 2.0 Debra HartShedita Alston Think College: National Coordinating Center Program Officer Institute for Community Inclusion Office of Postsecondary Education University of Massachusetts, Boston Washington, D.C. Strand 117-S Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disability

2 AGENDA  Access/Pathways  DVD  Higher Education Opportunities Act  Definition  Federal Student Financial Aid for Students with Intellectual Disabilities  What we know about model demonstrations  National picture

3 What do we mean by access to higher education?

4 Pathways to College

5 Hart and Weir, 2010 Claire Bible

6 Hart and Weir, 2010 Katie’s story to illustrate another inclusive traditional path—if u want another story Katie Apostolides


8 Higher Education Opportunity Act  Definition of Intellectual Disability  Financial Aid eligibility  Eligible programs  Model Demonstrations  Coordinating Center

9 Definition of Intellectual Disability The bill defines a student with an intellectual disability to be a student: (A) With a cognitive impairment, characterized by significant limitations in— (i) intellectual and cognitive functioning; and (ii) adaptive behavior as expressed in conceptual, social, and practical adaptive skills; and (B) Who is currently, or was formerly, eligible for a free appropriate public education under IDEA.

10 The Human Face

11 Eligible Program - HEOA  Physical Attendance  Academic, career, and independent living instruction  Prepare for gainful employment  Includes an advising and curriculum structure  Provides students with intellectual disabilities opportunities to participate in coursework and other activities with students without disabilities

12 Title IV Programs-Financial Aid  The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008 allows an eligible student with an intellectual disability (ID) attending an eligible Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary (CTP) program to receive aid from the following Title IV programs:  Federal Pell Grant  Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, and  Federal Work-Study  Implementing regulations can be found at 34 C.F.R. 668, Subpart O

13 Three Pieces Related To How Students Get Financial Aid  Student must have a demonstrated financial need;  Students must be an eligible student with an intellectual disability;  Student must be enrolled in an approved CTP Program;

14 More Questions???  Regarding students with intellectual disabilities in approved CTP programs and Title IV eligibility requirements: US Department of Education Financial Student Aid Ian Foss

15 More Questions???  Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) application and approval process;  Students with Intellectual Disabilities completing the FAFSA form;

16 More Questions??? Contact the School Participation Team (SPT) for your state. Boston (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT): 617-289-0133 Dallas (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX): 214-661-9490 New York (NJ, NY, PR, Virgin Islands): 646-428-3750 Kansas City (IA, KS, KY, MO, NE, TN): 816-268-0410 Philadelphia (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV): 215-656-6442 Denver (CO, MI, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY) Atlanta (AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC): 404-974-9303 San Francisco (AZ, CA, HI, NV, Pacific): 415-486-5677 Chicago (IL, IN, MN, OH, WI): 312-730-1511 Seattle (AK, ID, OR, WA): 206-615-2594

17 Inclusive Academic Opportunities  At least 50% focus on academic opportunities with students without disabilities: – Credit-bearing courses – Auditing – Non-credit-bearing, non-degree courses – Participating in internships or work-based training

18 Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

19 National CoordinatingCenter 1.Evaluation system 2.Training & technical assistance 3.Coordination & collaboration

20 What we know about TPSIDs:  27 TPSIDs/20 states to work with another 31 Institutes of Higher Education (N=58)  5 Community Colleges lead grantee & another 6 Community Colleges will participate (N=11)  22 4-year colleges & universities  All TPSIDs collaborating with a wide range of disability specific & generic organizations

21 What we know about TPSIDs:  5 TPSIDs serve adults  5 TPSIDs serve students 18-21 years old still in high school  17 TPSIDs serve both adults & students still in high school  6 currently providing residential—more in future (N=10)  All offering career & employment services


23 NLTS2 Key Findings  Students with ID less likely to have 2 or 4-year college & competitive employment goals  Students with ID more likely to have sheltered and supported employment post-school goals  Students less likely to attend postsecondary institution, vocational/technical school, & work for pay

24 Predictors of Employment  The only post-high school transition goal that was a predictor of employment for students with ID was having the goal of attending a two or four year college.  11% of students with ID had this goal

25 RSA 911  Youth who participated in PSE were 26% more likely to leave Vocational Rehabilitation with paid employment  Earned 73% higher weekly income

26 National Survey Findings  50% 4-year colleges or universities  40% 2-year colleges  10% Trade & Technical schools  45% only adults  26% dually enrolled  29% served both

27 Admissions / Courses  60% formally enrolled  56% special entrance criteria  71% don’t take placement test  53% access courses via typical registration process  75% group instruction, activities, or social events specifically for students w/intellectual disabilities

28 Access to Disability & Housing Services  58% receive services from the college’s Disability Service Office (DSO)  39% offer residential options

29 Top 5 Challenges 1.Funding (65%) 2.Paid Jobs (62%) 3.Student academic skills (51%) 4.Parent expectations (49%) 5.Self determination (39%)

30 ✪ Research ✪ Training & Technical Assistance ✪ Dissemination






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