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COVID-19 is here. So is the team at Think College.
The times, they are a-changin'.... Bob Dylan's words from 1964 have a new meaning today. With students being sent home from schools, shopping malls closing, and news updates happening multiple times a day, it's hard to keep up. We wanted you to know our team at the Think College National Coordinating Center, housed at the Institute of Community Inclusion at University of Massachusetts Boston, has been following all recommendations made at state and local levels with regards to COVID-19.  ...Read more
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Just remember, we’re all in this together, even if we are at a distance. Staff at the National Coordinating Center are aware that our diverse community is in need of a wide range of supports at this time. College staff and faculty are migrating from classroom-based learning to virtual environments. Parents are welcoming their students home from college and school seeking to maintain a sense of structure for learning and engagement. Below are some resources we believe may be helpful as we all cope with this new reality. ...Read more
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A PACER Center advocate vividly recalls the pivotal moment in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team meeting she attended with the mother of a young boy with Down syndrome. As the school district administrator began to make a case for placing him in a segregated special education classroom, the parent interjected, “But we are planning for our son to attend an inclusive college program when he grows up. How will he be able to be included in college if he can’t be included in kindergarten?” Based on that long-range goal, the team agreed to the placement and set him on a route to the future rich with possibilities.  ...Read more
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An increasing number of students with intellectual disability (ID) have used Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers to support participation in postsecondary education (PSE) programs. The opportunity to participate in PSE improves the likelihood of employment for participants, as well as opportunities to experience greater community inclusion, independent living, and greater self-reliance; outcomes that align with the goals of HCBS waivers ...Read more

NEW PUBLICATIONS!

Year Four Annual Report of the TPSID Model Demonstration Projects

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The report provides program- and student-level data reported by TPSIDs during the 2018-2019 academic year; related pubs are also available.

Positive Outcomes for Students with Intellectual Disability Attending College: Why Medicaid Waivers Should Provide Support.

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This publication explains how the HCBS waiver can be used for PSE and outlines the benefits.

Tips for IEP Teams to Help Students and Families Prepare for Inclusive Postsecondary Education

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Featuring a helpful checklist and numerous related resources, this publication will be a valuable tool for families and educators at IEP Teams.

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