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Transition Options in Postsecondary Settings: TOPS

Transition Options in Postsecondary Settings: TOPS
Youngstown State University
Transition Options in Postsecondary Settings: TOPS
One University Plaza
Fedor Hall
Youngstown, OH 44455
Program Contact Erika Campolito
Phone (330)941-2437

YSU TOPS supports young adults with intellectual disabilities or autism wishing to participate in college, career, and community learning experiences in preparation for independent living and competitive employment. TOPS aims to improve the ability of young adults with intellectual disabilities or autism to attain greater independence participate in their communities, and achieve successful employment outcomes.

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
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 6
Deadline to apply to this program: June 30, 2018
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 17-25
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Global dyspraxia
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 100%
Retention rate: 67%
Tuition amount: $3,000.00
Program specific fees: $0.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Local School District funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Students do not take typical college courses
More about course access:

We are woriking towards our students auditing classes starting fall 2018.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Students participate in a TOPS Communication course and a TOPS Practical living course

Time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 25%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: 50%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

TOPS students attend football and basketball with typical peers. Along with attending concerts held at a musuem on campus.  Students also particiapte in student ran activiteis in the student center such as the indoor block party. TOPS students also work out inii the Rec Center with theor peers. Students are able to attend lectures and guest speakers on campus along with hanging out in the student center.

Last updated: Friday, January 26, 2018 - 11:18