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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

TAP Into the Future! 

The Transition & Access Program (TAP) is a four-year college education for students with mild to moderate intellectual or developmental disabilities (ID/DD). TAP students earn a university recognized certificate upon completion of the four-year program. TAP envisions a world where young adults with ID/DD are afforded the option of post-secondary education. TAP is emerging as a leader in creating an authentic inclusive living-learning opportunity that builds career skills, academic achievement, personal responsibility, social networks, and a promising future. 

Live, Work, Learn, and Lead 

* TAP students live in inclusive residence halls and have access to all that UC has to offer. What better way to increase independence and engage in a vibrant community! 

* TAP students have multiple opportunities to work in internships, engage in career exploration, and ultimately gain meaningful employment. 

* TAP students are UC students first and learning is a priority. The TAP curriculum focuses on the whole person and helps develop personal goals, social capital, healthy living skills, and self-advocacy. 

* TAP students are leaders. Students are actively involved in student organizations and develop effective communication, decision- making, and problem solving skills to become strong community leaders.

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:
    • Cognitive assessment with documented intellectual or developmental disability
    • High school diploma – age 18 or older
    • Basic academic skills
    • Ability to learn and participate in inclusive classrooms and work settings
    • Demonstrate interest and ability to pursue educational, employment, and life experiences through post-secondary education
    • Independently able to manage dietary and/ or health and personal needs, including medications
    • Ability to function independently
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Developmental 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)
  • 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:

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Classroom/academic 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: University Certificate
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 50%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 80%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Specialized credentials offered:

  • CDA in Early Childhood Education
  • Information Technology Certificates
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: Between 25% and half the of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:
  • Football, basketball, FCC games and other sporting events
  • Student organizations such as Rally Cats, Pep Band, Theatre Groups, and Political Organizations
  • Community outreach and volunteer opportunities
Last updated: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 01:05