Postsecondary Education





House of Representatives Approves Perkins Act Reauthorization - the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act

The House of Representatives voted to approve H.R. 5587 - the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, which reauthorizes career and technical education (CTE) programs and increases student access to career development and employment training opportunities across all states.



MN UCEDD Partners with State to Increase Graduation of Black and American Indian Students with Disabilities

The Check & Connect program of the Institute on Community Integration (MN UCEDD) has received a five-year grant from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) for a new project, "Using Check & Connect to Improve Graduation Rates in Minnesota for Black and American Indian Students with Disabilities." Check & Connect is a comprehensive intervention developed at the Institute that is designed to enhance student engagement in school and with learning for marginalized, disengaged students in grades K-12. In this project,



Project SEARCH Southern Miss (MS UCEDD)

"We do not fear the future for we are the future," was the wording featured on the inaugural Project SEARCH Southern Miss Class of 2016 graduation invitation. Seven Hattiesburg High School students participated in an employment skills program at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Hattiesburg campus for the 2015-2016 high school year. These student became interns and participated in daily employment training and completed three work internships, all at USM.



Think College Professional Development (MA UCEDD/LEND)

Nearly 100 directors and staff from TPSIDs, as well as Think College staff, came together for networking and professional development opportunities at the annual meeting from July 11 - 13th in Indianapolis, IN. There were updates from the coordinating center and organizational partners, presentations on critical topics, and small group discussions.


Upcoming Events

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Saturday, December 3, 2016 - Thursday, December 8, 2016
Location: Washington, DC

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AUCD 2016 Conference: Navigating Change, Building Our Future Together

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Sunday, December 4, 2016 - Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Location: Washington, DC

The AUCD 2016 Conference, "Navigating Change: Building our Future Together," highlights both the change that comes at the end of a Presidential term as well as our need to work together to create a future in which children and adults with disabilities are able to participate fully in all aspects of life as valued members of their communities. Join us to engage in powerful, important, and inspiring personal and professional discourse on December 4-7 in Washington, DC.

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Past Events

2016 Conference on School Culture, Climate, & Positive Behavior Support (NH UCEDD/LEND)

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Thursday, August 11, 2016 - Friday, August 12, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Durham, NY

Schools and communities continue to face obstacles to addressing behavior, climate, safety, and academic achievement. Establishing a safe school environment using a multi-tiered system of support is related to improved outcomes for all students. This year's conference theme is Transforming Practices, Strengthening Partnerships, Developing Leaders, and will include presentations by national leaders, NH educators, youth, and community partners, plus opportunities for teams to work together and instruction on cutting-edge strategies for school improvement. This event represents an intersection between schools, students, teachers, administrators, behavioral health, youth/family organizations, and community systems at the pre-school, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels.

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MIND Institute's Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders

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Friday, August 5, 2016
Location: UC Davis Conference Center, Davis California

The annual MIND Summer Institute on Neurodevelopmental Disorders is a one-day conference intended for a wide range of professionals. The focus of the Institute is to help participants keep pace with the latest advances in neurodevelopmental research and the most current standards for best practices in prevention, assessment, treatment, and support services, and increase their knowledge and skills in the areas of developmental disabilities, early identification, service provision, inclusion, transition to adulthood, and other medical, legal, social and policy issues related to disabilities.

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2015 AUCD Conference

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Saturday, November 14, 2015 - Thursday, November 19, 2015
Location: Washington, DC

The 2015 AUCD Conference will be held at the Washington, DC, Renaissance Hotel.

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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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