MAY 2020
News from the National Coordinating Center
New Publications -- Additions to the Think College website 
Upcoming Events -- Student Spotlight 

We have several new publications for your review and use: 


 There are two new Innovation Exchange pages on our website, one on Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary (CTP) Programs and one on Preparing for College. Included on each of these pages are brand new articles, numerous relevant topics, related resources (e.g., webinars, publications, related websites, trainings), and comprehensive lists of frequently asked questions. Created by experienced Think College staff, you'll find these Innovation Exchange pages to be informative overviews of these critical topics related to inclusive higher education. 



There are a few upcoming events from Think College: 

5/12/20: Research Affinity Group meeting
6/4/20: UDL & Technology Affinity Group meeting

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

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 Jillian Turner!

Jillian Turner at an OSU football game

My name is Jillian Turner. I attend TOPS at Ohio State. This is my first year.
What classes are you taking?
I am taking Food Project Management, Independent Living (for TOPS), work & jobs. I like them all, I like learning.

What is good about college?   (Like, what positive effects does it have on your life?) Being on  campus  is really good. I could never have imagined going to college, when I was in high school. Even though I live at home, [because] it helps save money, I like being on campus. There's a wait list for dorms. My parents drive me to school. [Going to college] helped me mature a lot.
What do you hope to do after college, when you graduate or get your certificate?
I am hoping to do something in fashion or sports or food service. 

What advice do you have for students who want to go to college?
Every kids learns differently somehow. Should definitely give college a try, it's a great opportunity to mature and to learn job skills and everything.
What about parents of students, do you have advice for them?
I have the same message that I do for students... Kids all learn differently, and kids should be able to give college a try.

What do you like to do in your spare time?   
During coronavirus, I am cooking & baking, and I do some chores around the house. I am walking the dog when it's nice out. 

And how about one non-college question: where would you like to go on vacation? 
New York, because my sister & brother-in-law live there. I would also really love to go to Italy because I love Italian food. 

T hanks to Jillian for taking the time to share about her experiences in college! 

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

The Request for Proposals for a new round of TPSID (Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities) funding has been posted on the Federal Register. These grants are for Institutes of Higher Education to establish or expand model demonstration projects for inclusive higher education. Applications are due July 10, 2020

On Friday, June 19, at 12pm ET, Millersville University will be hosting a film premiere of Opening Doors to College, a film by Dan Habib, highlighting  educational, social, and self-determination strategies of inclusive higher education at Millersville and Temple Universities. More details to come, but registration is open now


When the students have to go home, the college fairs go virtual... North Carolina has set up a virtual college fair which  highlights postsecondary education opportunities for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities! The playlist on YouTube includes videos from several colleges across North Carolina, including information on housing, academics, campus life, employment opportunities, and more. 

The deadline for proposals for the Student Leadership Conference at the State of the Art conference is May 31. Any students interested in presenting at this conference at Syracuse University in October 2020 should visit the event webpage and complete the proposal form. There is also a helpful how-to guide and video for students looking for additional information.

A group of researchers from George Mason University is conducting research to understand how to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with self-regulation. If you provide support for an individual(s) with intellectual or developmental disabilities, age 21 and older, please share with us your experiences via this online survey. It will take you no more than 20-25 minutes to complete. 

Liz Weintraub
Liz Weintraub, Senior Advocacy Specialist at AUCD, is hosting a weekly virtual gathering for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Students are invited to join to engage in conversation and learn about important topics and information related to advocacy, policy, and current events. Please encourage students to participate in this group! It is scheduled to meet on Fridays at 2pm, until May 29, with a different topic each week. Here is the Zoom link and the meeting ID number is 150 701 062.

The Southeastern Postsecondary Education Alliance, or SEPSEA, is holding its f irst Inclusive Postsecondary Education Day on Friday, May 15. Join in the effort by posting photos or short stories on social media using the hashtag 

News from the NCC Partners 

AUCD is gathering stories from people with disabilities about how COVID-19 is effecting their lives. These stories will be shared with Congress to ensure they are aware of what's going on in the disability community. Guidance and sample scripts are available on the AUCD website. Be sure to include the hashtag #WhatWeNeed.

Maybe you have some extra time on your hands? Consider making a video! 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!  

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Like many organizations, PACER has created some resources (in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali) for families of children with disabilities that address a range of issues that have come up during the COVID pandemic. We thought this one might be of particular interest to our community: Distance Learning Activities During COVID-19 to Help Transition-Age Youth on an IEP Prepare for Adulthood.

Stay informed about new resources, webinars, and other events by subscribing to the PACER National Parent Center on Transition & Employment newsletter, Inspiring Possibilities. Here's the latest edition, with a link at the bottom to subscribe. Happy reading!

AHEAD logo_ with Association on Higher Education and Disability
The annual AHEAD conference will be delivered virtually this year, July 6-23. Visit the Equity & Excellence 2020: A Virtual Event website to register for events and sessions, get a detailed schedule for the conference, and more. 
AHEAD has been closely monitoring the situation for disability resource professionals and has compiled a list of resource and guidance documents on their website. This will be updated, so be sure to check back.