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U.S. Department of Education: Transition Programs for Students With Intellectual Disabilities Into Higher Education

Deadline: August 10, 2015

Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities into Higher Education (TPSID) supports model demonstration programs that promote the successful transition of students with intellectual disabilities into higher education and to enable institutions of higher education (IHEs), or consortia of IHEs, to create or expand high-quality, inclusive model comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities.

To receive funding, an applicant must meet the U.S. Department of Education-established absolute priority under this program, which is to use grant funds to establish a model comprehensive transition and postsecondary program for students with intellectual disabilities that:

  1. Serves students with intellectual disabilities;
  2. Provides individual supports and services for the academic and social inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities in academic courses, extracurricular activities, and other aspects of the IHE’s regular postsecondary program;
  3. Provides a focus on academic enrichment, socialization, independent living skills, including self-advocacy, and integrated work experiences and career skills that lead to gainful employment;
  4. Integrates person-centered planning in the development of the course of study for each student with an intellectual disability participating in the model program;
  5. Participates with the coordinating center established under section 777(b) of the HEA in the evaluation of the components of the model program;
  6. Partners with one or more local educational agencies to support students with intellectual disabilities participating in the model program who are still eligible for special education and related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA);
  7. Plans for the sustainability of the model program after the end of the grant period; and
  8. Creates and offers a meaningful credential for students with intellectual disabilities upon the completion of the model program.

Applicants may receive up to 9 competitive preference points, as outlined below:

  • Competitive Priority 1 (Up to 3 points): Applicants that propose to form a sustained and meaningful partnership with any relevant agency serving students with intellectual disabilities, such as a vocational rehabilitation agency.
  • Competitive Priority 2 (Up to 3 points): Applicants that provide institutionally owned or operated housing for students attending the institution that integrates students with intellectual disabilities into the housing offered to all students.
  • Competitive Priority 3 (Up to 3 points): Applicants that propose to involve in the model program undergraduate or graduate students attending the IHE who are studying special education, general education, vocational rehabilitation, assistive technology, or related fields.

The Department of Education is especially interested in receiving applications that propose to use TPSID funds to build, extend, or enhance an existing program, rather than to build a new program from other non-Federal resources that are allocated to the program. Applicants responding to this priority should describe any existing programs at their institutions, including the number and characteristics of the students served, how well integrated students with intellectual disabilities are in regard to academic courses, extracurricular activities, and other aspects of the IHE’s regular postsecondary program, and describe how the TPSID grant will build upon current efforts.

Amount: $9,702,980 is available for 25 awards that will range from $100,000-$500,000 per year, renewable for up to 5 years.

Eligibility: Institutions of higher education, as defined under section 101 of the HEA, or consortia of IHEs.

Link: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/tpsid/index.html

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