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Transition and Access Program (TAP)

Transition and Access Program (TAP)
University of Cincinnati
Transition and Access Program (TAP)
PO Box 210002
Teachers College
Cincinnati, OH 45221
Program Contact Jan Goings
Phone 513.556.6611

More than quadrupling since its inception in 2012, TAP offers students with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities - including Down syndrome, autism, and Asperger syndrome - an authentic, non-degreed college experience. Students live in their own dorm, attend classes, train in professional internships and participate in an active social life. When students complete the four-year program, a bridge from high school to adulthood, they accrue college credits, receive a certificate and are competitively set for employment. TAP students are invited to attend classes five days a week in University classrooms that are rigorous, but manageable, promote critical thinking and provide accommodation when necessary.

Each student maintains a daily and weekly schedule, coordinated using iTouch, iPad, and iPhone, and guided by the TAP director, graduate assistants, and residential staff. Students set personal and career goals, develop a deep understanding for their field, and participate in paid internships with area businesses, non-profits and governmental organizations. TAP envisions a world where young adults with intellectual disabilities are afforded the option of post-secondary education. We are emerging as a leader in creating authentic inclusive living-learning experience that build career skills, academic achievement, personal responsibility, interpersonal competence, and a promising future. The goal is for every student to become an independent adult and enjoy a satisfying quality of life.

TAP gained national recognition when the innovative program was featured in a 2013 episode of Glee as Down Syndrome student Becky Jackson graduated and elected to attend the University of Cincinnati in TAP.

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Basic Program Requirements: Cognitive assessment with documented intellectual disability Demonstrate interest and desire to pursue educational, employment and life experiences through post-secondary education Basic academic skills (Third grade reading /math level preferred) Ability to function independently for a sustained period of time No significant behavioral or emotional problems that would impact school performance.
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 4 years
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

In addition to traditional courses, the TAP curriculum also includes: Beginning Community Access, University Orientation, Basics of Banking, Current Events, Employment Exploration, Basic Communication Skills, Residential Housing I, and Preparation and Planning

Time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion
The credential(s) is/are: Continuing education credential
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: 25%
Last updated: Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 11:29