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May 2022: News & Updates
May 25 Webinar: Paying for College: Exploring Possible Funding Options
The question of how to pay for college is on everyone’s mind. No single solution is going to work for all students. In this webinar, the Think College National Coordinating Center’s Cate Weir will share information on several funding options for students and families to explore. Cate will share details about the funding sources and discuss the conditions under which available funding possibilities may be an option. Register to attend and get access to some great new resources to help make sense of all the options available to pay for college.

May 25, 2-3pm ET
May 15, 2022 #IPSEDay2022 was a booming success!
Photos (left to right): Students and staff from the University of Missouri, College of New Jersey, Eastern Tennessee State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, director of Office of Special Education Programs Valerie Williams, and longtime TC friend and advocate Kenneth Kelty.

Have you checked out #IPSE and #IPSEDay2022 on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites? They are chock full of images, statements, articles, and more celebrating Inclusive Postsecondary Education (IPSE) Day for students with intellectual disability. We thank all the students, parents, siblings, friends, teachers, college staff, advocates, and others for their participation and dedication to IPSE. Not familiar with #IPSEDay? Visit ThinkCollege.net/IPSEDay or read Susanna Miller’s blog IPSE Gets Its Day!

The celebration is NOT over! We encourage you to continue expressing your support for IPSE options for students with intellectual disability. It’s fun and it’s an excellent way to advocate for #IPSE.
Thinking College in Myrtle Beach, SC!
Photos from left to right: The Think College crew, Maria Paiewonsky and Nancy Hurley, Meg Grigal and daughter Sarah.

We had a terrific time at this year's Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) International Conference! Over the course of 2 days, team members Danie Roberts-Dahm, Meg Grigal, Debra Hart, Nancy Hurley, Maria Paiewonsky, Clare Papay, Belkis Choiseul-Praslin, and Cate Weir presented on research, transition, accreditation, and public awareness of inclusive postsecondary education.

Join the Student Leadership Conference Committee 2022
The Taishoff Center at Syracuse is looking for students with intellectual disability to help plan the Student Leadership Conference of 2022 at Syracuse University. They are looking for help reviewing conference proposals, planning the agendas and activities and more. Watch this YouTube video to learn more or visit the conference website.
The Annual Report for the Cohort 3 TPSID Projects (Year 1, 2020-2021) Executive Summary and Highlights are now available!
The Executive Summary provides a brief overview of the entire Annual Report of the Cohort 3 TPSID Model Demonstration Projects (Year 1, 2020–2021). Information is provided about the TPSID program characteristics, student characteristics, academics, academic supports, employment, vocational rehabilitation, residential services, program completion and credential attainment. The Highlights document shares the most critical statistics. It features bold graphics and brief summaries of program and student data, including exit and post-exit outcomes.
Photos from left to right: Hannah James, Terrell Leeper, Rida Fasih, and Matthew Philips
The Knowledge Translation Team is Growing!
Sara Pound (left) joined the National Coordinating Center’s knowledge translation team just a few weeks ago. She will be helping coordinate and disseminate our many publications. Prior to joining the KT team, Sara worked in inclusive postsecondary education and community settings with a primary focus on independent living and intersectional identity development. Read more about Sara. 

Arin Rook (right) is the new knowledge translation associate for the Think College Inclusive Higher Education Network project. Arin has been working in higher education and K-12 institutions for the past 12 years with a primary focus on supporting student success, identity development, and career placement for historically underrepresented students. Read more about Arin.
Accreditation Workgroup Update
Accreditation Workgroup Chair Martha Mock (left) and NCC Program Director Cate Weir (right) presented on accreditation at the DCDT conference. We were excited to engage a new audience and share more information. Interested in learning more about accreditation? Visit ThinkCollege.net for tools and resources. The next NCC Accreditation Workgroup meeting is in mid-June.
Technical Assistance: You Ask, We Answer
Last year, our TA team answered 600 inquiries from parents, teachers, students, administrators, program staff, guidance counselors, and friends. You ask, we answer. Really! Send an email to ThinkCollegeTA@gmail.com and ask us anything about inclusive postsecondary education. We will get you an answer.
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Question of the Month
My son is a freshman in high school with autism. He does fairly well in all his college prep high school classes with lots of support to organize and socialize. I know he is going to need a lot of support in college. What are his options in California for colleges that will provide him with the kind of support he needs to be successful? Find the answer.
Recommended Resources
This is an all-time favorite resource for ThinkCollege.net visitors. It's a simple chart listing 20 powerful strategies families can use to help support their students to gain the skills necessary to be successful in college. 
There are so many things that students and families can do in middle school and high school to prepare for college. Read this short article for some Think College advice.
In spring 2021, Dee Sapp and Kathy Becht, 2 moms of sons with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, shared what prepared their sons for the independence of college life. Check out the webinar resource page for the recording, a one-page takeaway document, presentation slides, and recommended resources.
Click here to see the other 995 resources available on ThinkCollege.net!
My Bravest Moment
Rachel Adams-Duffy, Think College intern
A life of advocacy starts with a single action. Read about the moment Rachel became a self-advocate shortly after becoming a college student.
Rebecca Lazo, Knowledge Translation Manager
Rebecca helps translate complicated and detailed research for you to better understand and be able to use it to support students in preparing for, going to, and succeeding in college. 
Read Rebecca’s blog post to learn where she has been, and where she is taking us.
Affinity Groups
Engage with like-minded folks!
Are you passionate or curious about a specific aspect of transition or postsecondary education? Whether you want to talk or just listen, an NCC Affinity Group is a good way to engage with others. Click the name of the group to learn more about its goals, activities, past recordings, and upcoming meeting dates.
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