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UPCOMING NCC EVENTS

Sep 23 2021
Sep 30 2021

Research Affinity Group Meeting

Virtual

National Coordinating Center

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Oct 12 2021

Student Credentials Affinity group

Virtual

National Coordinating Center

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Oct 12 2021

Student Credentials Affinity group

Virtual

National Coordinating Center

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The Think College National Coordinating Center provides coordination, technical assistance, training, and evaluation for Transition and Postsecondary Education Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID). The NCC also provides on-demand technical assistance, training resources, and support to all college programs for students with ID, families and students. We develop and disseminate resources aimed at increasing knowledge of the evidence-based practices needed to develop, implement, and evaluate high-quality higher education opportunities for students with intellectual disability. Think College NCC is funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education. 

News from the NCC

six students standing in front of a large university building
The US Department of Education awarded 22 new Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disability (TPSID) in October 2020. Six of those grants went to universities that would use the funds to establish new programs. Less than one year later, it is exciting to see these programs accepting their inaugural class of students. We asked each program for a status report as they get up and running, and we were impressed with what is going on! ...Read more
Headshots of the 6 students who were interviewed
For the past few years, we have included student interviews in the National Coordinating Center monthly newsletter. These interviews spotlight students with intellectual disabilities currently enrolled in college or who recently graduated.  ...Read more
Don't miss this very special meeting on Thursday, September 23, featuring special guest, Judy Heumann. Judy is an internationally recognized leader in the disability community and a lifelong civil rights advocate for people with disabilities. Majolyn, a student from Hostos Community College, suggested that we invite Judy to a meeting and she accepted! ...Read more

TPSID Grantees

Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disability, or TPSID, are model demonstration projects funded by the US Department of Education.  The NCC supports the work of TPSID grantees by collecting and analyzing data on program design and student experiences in order to increase knowledge about the impact and outcomes of postsecondary education for students with intellectual disability.  Learn more about the TPSID grantees.

This map illustrates the location of TPSID sites since funding for the TPSID programs began in 2010.

TPSID US Grantees map

NCC Partners

  • AHEAD logoAssociation On Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD):  AHEAD is a member organization for disability resource professionals, student affairs personnel, ADA coordinators, diversity officers and others who are invested in creating welcoming higher education experiences for disabled individuals. AHEAD assists the NCC with arrangments for its annual TPSID Project Director Meeting and is conducting a survey of disability support professionals regarding their experiences with and attitudes toward college programs for students with ID.
  • AUCD logoAssociation of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD): The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a membership organization that supports a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs.  AUCD supports the National Coordinating Center by tracking state and federal legislation related to postsecondary education for students with ID and coordinates activities related to the development of leadership and advocacy skills in students with disabilities. 

Funding Information

NCC is funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, Grant # P407B200001. It is a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at University of Massachusetts Boston.