MAY 2019
News from the National Coordinating Center
New features for TC College Search -- Medicaid publication
Final Webinars of the Season 

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Screen shot of College Search page

You asked, we answered: now you can save and compare your favorite programs in the College Search Database.  Check out the updated option to select programs with your preferred features, view in a spreadsheet where you can compare critical aspects of each program, and download and save the search for future viewing or sharing. 

Another new feature is a Frequently Asked Questions page to help you get the most out of the features of this website. 

Additionally, users can easily view which programs were recently added to the database. Visit the website today to start your search! 


Hot off the presses, a new Insight Brief written by Paige Parisi and Julia Landau at Massachusetts Advocates for Children   explains what Medicaid Waivers are, what postsecondary education services they can be used for, and how to access waiver services. Read or download this brief today. 


The  Think College Webinar Series is winding down; don't miss our last three webinars; you read that right; we added one more!

NEW DATE! Was 5/15/19 at 1pm, now 5/29/19 at 1pm. Mark your calendars!  Creating Inclusive (Campus) Communities Begins in the Classroom  by Onek Adyanga, Ph.D., Jan Bechtel, MSW, and Nikki Rohrbac k. Find out how this PA university is practicing and encouraging inclusion across the campus.
NEW ADDITION! Join Russ Thelin on 6/5/19 at 2pm to hear how to leverage "leftover" VR funds to help sustain inclusive college programs. Register today for
Money on the Table: Sharing Program Income with Vocational Rehabilitation through Ticket to Work and Partnership Plus . This webinar is sponsored in partnership with the RRTC on Transitioning Youth and Vocational Rehabilitation.

FINALLY , on 6/12/19 at 2pm, join us to hear about  Developing Partnerships for Successful Inclusive Campus Housing  by Jonathan Lidgus. Jonathan is the director of the USML SUCCEED Program, where they hav e been offering inclusive housing for six years. 

Maybe it's NEW for you; did you know...?

The AT3 Center (aka, The National Assistive Technology Act Technical Assistance and Training Center) provides technical assistance to specific funded state AT projects and also maintains a very useful website that anyone can use. The mission of the AT3 Center is to increase access to and acquisition of assistive technologies by individuals with disabilities across the lifespan. There are extensive resources on the website including a directory of state AT offices, how to choose and purchase AT, and more. Be sure to visit the AT3 Center website

What's going on in Inclusive  Higher Education around the US...

It's graduation time! What a great time to be on social media and receive email newsletters. You can't go a day without seeing photos of smiling students, in cap and gown, celebrating stunning achievements. From all of us at Think College, we wish you nothing but success in the years ahead!
Pictured (L-R): students at UCCS, Jacksonville State University, University of Georgia, 
and University of South Alabama.

Meg Grigal, Ph.D.
If you're in the Northeast, you might want to check out this event on Friday, June 7:  the Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (MAICEI) is sponsoring a free one-day conference called Emerging Trends 2019 . This conference highlights emerging and evidence-based practices that promotes college career readiness for s tudents with disabilities.

The keynote speaker is Meg Grigal, Ph.D., Co-Director of Think College. Her presentation is "Higher Education for Students with Intellectual Disability: Profiles of Effective Practice." In addition to her keynote, there will be sessions on  effective academic support methods, p eer mentoring,  securing university and school buy-in, p arent engagement, campus-wide inclusive practices, and more.  Click here  for more information and to register.

Below are the don't-miss events going on this Spring & early Summer!
Mark your calendar and visit these websites for details & to register today: 

News from the NCC Partners 

Call for Proposals: Proposals for concurrent and poster presentations for the 2019 AUCD Annual Meeting are being accepted until May 24 at midnight ET. Find out more information about the meeting and submit your proposal here

This new quarterly call, Think College Emerging Advocates, is hosted by Liz Weintraub, Senior Advocacy Specialist at AUCD. You can watch a recording of the first call on the Think College website. On these calls, Liz discusses how to be a successful self-advocate and a successful advocate, and when it is appropriate to be one or the other. This call is led and for people with disabilities, but supporters are of course welcome.
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The school year is winding down, and it may be just the beginning of some in-depth planning for the future. Talking to teens about the future can be tough, and maybe even harder for families with a teen with a disability. The PACER Center's NPCTE has a section of their website with tips for parents & students planning for life after high school. Don't miss this great resource

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AHEAD offers 3-day Master Classes for the Seasoned Professional. These classes dig deep into certain topics, allowing significant opportunity for learning, networking and engagement. Find out more and register today; there are 5 classes happening May 14-16 in Columbus, Ohio. 

This summer the 42nd Annual Equity & Excellence: Access in Higher Education conference will be happening in Boston, MA. It's time to check out the sessions (Haben Girma is doing the Opening Plenary!), see who's exhibiting (we'll be there), and start making plans to head to Boston in July. All the information you need is on the website.