FEBRUARY 2020: Love is in the Air...
News from the National Coordinating Center
New Publications -- One of our Team Joins MassCUE Champions
Upcoming Events --  New Newsletter Feature

White text says NEW PUBS_ over a photo of bookshelves filled with books. We are happy to share some new publications with you: 


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Lori Cooney.

Lori Cooney, program coordinator and universal instructional design specialist at ICI, has been invited to join the inaugural cohort of MassCUE Champions. MassCUE, or Massachusetts Computer Using Educators, is the state's leading organization for educators with a passion for technology in education.  Members of MassCUE work to connect all learners to technology that can help them succeed at school and after entering the workforce.
Cooney develops and coordinates the   Future Quest Island-Explorations (FQI-E) project at ICI. FQI-E is an online accessible college and career readiness curriculum for students with and without disability in grades 3-5. The curriculum uses gaming strategies to motivate and support improved self-concept, social and emotional competence, and early college and career awareness, using the evidence-based "Possible Selves" framework. 
"I'm thrilled to be linked to the MassCUE community through this new ambassador program," said Cooney. "This will be a chance for me to network with other educators and to share our knowledge about the latest technology options to help all students thrive."

Calendar page with corner curled up. Text says MARK YOUR CALENDAR. Upcoming events on the Think College calendar: 

2/11/20: Research Affinity Group Meeting
2/19/20: Introducing the Think College Standards Continuous Improvement Tool webinar, by Cate Weir
2/26/20: College-based Transition Services Affinity Group meeting
2/27/20: UDL & Technology Affinity Group meeting

Get details about all of these events and registration information on our website under Training > Events & Webinars. 

Red swoosh of paint with the word NEW on top We are excited to include a new feature in our monthly newsletter!  The Student Spotlight  serves as our reminder of why we do the work we do: to educate and inform people that students with intellectual disability should have the opportunity to go to college. Each month, we'll introduce you to a new student who is currently attending college, so you can see how the work we're doing together is changing lives. Read on to meet Tyler Haynes! 

Tyler dressed and posing for some good photos (L) 
and Tyler in front of I CHOSE UMSL sign (R).

Introducing... Tyler Haynes! He is a first year student at SUCCEED at University of Missouri-St. Louis. He started in Fall 2019. 
What classes are you taking, and which is your favorite?
I'm taking social networking. We talk about meal planning and how to talk with different people around campus.
What do you like to do in your spare time? 
I like to play pool with friends. I play intramural basketball and hang out with my friends. I live on campus and like to eat at the dining hall. 
What do you hope to do after college?
I want to graduate in 2023 and work at the [campus] recreation center, and work in guest services. I work there now and really like it. I want to be able to work with the computer programs and learn some minor computer applications so I can check people in and out.
What advice do you have for students who want to go to college?
You can go to college! You can go to classes. You can meet new people. You learn a lot, fill out an application, and ask parents or teachers for help if you need it. College is good!

What's good about college? I like going to college classes and going to tutoring for help. I can get an education and meet people. I wanted to get an education. I knew my friends were going to college. I get to meet new people every day. 
What about parents of students, do you have advice for them?
Parents should let their children go to college so they learn about different things. College is exciting.
[Note: this question was asked before 2/2/20.] And how about one non-college question: who do you want to win the Super Bowl?
The Kansas City Chiefs. I was so excited [that they won]. We had a a lot of food: chicken and french fries and hamburgers and rolls and salad. 

Thanks to Tyler for taking the time to share about his experiences in college. We wish you all the best this semester, Tyler!

What's going on in Higher Education for Students with Intellectual Disability around the US...

Announcing a new college option for students with ID: Providing Exceptional Education and Raising Standards (PEERS) Program at Boise State University! This new program is an inclusive, two-year postsecondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities. Applications are now being accepted and  will be reviewed in March and interviews with potential students and families will be scheduled.  Please share!

--> Michelle McKnight-Lizotte and Trenton Landon, both assistant professors in the Special Education and Rehabilitation Department at Utah State University are conducting a research study. The purpose of this research is to gain insight regarding the experiences of inclusive post-secondary education program directors related to residential housing and mental health treatment.
Your participation will involve completing an online survey via Qualtrics (2018) and should take approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Your participation is voluntary and all responses are confidential. Please click this link if you wish to participate.  If you have questions about the research study itself, please contact the Principal Investigator, Michelle McKnight-Lizotte. 

Two male college students with Hawk mascot. All are in grey_ black_ and yellow_ University of Iowa colors. The words Iowa and Education appear in the upper right corner.
Two University of Iowa students with Hawk mascot.
-->  The University of Iowa is conducting a study about specialized college certificate programs for students ages 18-25 with intellectual, cognitive, and learning disabilities. The results of this survey will ensure that components of the program are aligned to the goals and needs of students and their families. Please take a few minutes today to add your voice to this important survey Rest assured that responses will remain anonymous and confidential; no personally identifiable information will be collected and results will only be reported in the aggregate.

Are you looking to increase or improve paid employment opportunities on campus for students? Registration is now open for a new course by VCU's RRTC on Employment of Transition-Age Youth developed with the expertise from ACE-IT in College! The FREE 6-week online course is called Supported Employment in College: Increasing Paid Employment for College Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
The course begins March 2, 2020, and covers topics such as quality indicators and values, getting to know your students, campus job development, customizing campus employment, job site training, and tips for post-graduation success and follow-up. 
Participants who successfully complete the course have the option to participate in a year of technical assistance support. Information and registration are available here

  • The Call for Proposals for the 2020 State of the Art Conference is open. Proposals are being accepted until March 13. If you are doing impactful work in the field of inclusive higher education, consider submitting a proposal today. The form to submit a proposal can be found here
  • Ruby's Rainbow has posted the 2020 Scholarship Applications; the deadline is April 19! Find all the information you need about the process, including the application, on the Ruby's Rainbow website.          
  • Register now for the 2020 SEPSEA Capacity Building Institute, happening May 21-22 at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Get registration, housing, and other event information here!

News from the NCC Partners 

AUCD is celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the ADA with a video contest for Emerging Advocates. Current and former AUCD trainees and students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities are invited to submit a 2-3 minute video talking about what the ADA means to you and how it has affected your community. Get all the information here; submissions due June 11. The winner will be interviewed on Tuesdays with Liz! 

The Disability Policy Seminar (DPS) , which is co-sponsored by AUCD, is March 23-25, 2020 in Washington, DC. Information about the event and registration details are available on the DPS website . The second cohort of Think College Policy Advocates will be attending DPS, with representatives from Appalachian State, SUNY Orange, Millersville University, University of Tennessee Knoxville, and University of Nevada, Reno. 

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Check out the new feature called Preparing for Postsecondary Education: What Families Need to Know  which includes a brief video guide and extens ive questions and answers. 

You can also find new and updated content on housing and independent living on this page and a brand new publication called Three Steps to a Career Pathway: Tips for Parents. In a very accessible manner, this guide walks parents through self exploration, career exploration, and career planning with their child or children with disabilities. 

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  Save the date: the annual AHEAD conference is scheduled for July 20-24, 2020 in Palm Desert, CA. Registration opens March 9. Stay tuned for more information