The Impact of COVID-19 on College Students with Intellectual Disability Attending Cohort 2 TPSID Programs
This Insight Brief describes how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted college students with intellectual disability (ID) enrolled in the colleges and universities offering TPSID programs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, most colleges and universities transitioned to some form of remote instruction. Many students with ID moved off campus, accessed their learning experiences and associated accommodations in new ways, and dealt with changes in their internship and employment experiences (Madaus et al., 2021; Papay & Myers, 2020; Sheppard-Jones et al., 2021). Like their college peer counterparts, college students with ID enrolled in TPSID programs also experienced changes in their access to learning and working experiences.
In response to the disruption in services at college and university campuses caused by the pandemic, the NCC provided additional supports to TPSID and other IHE program staff. The NCC offered virtual support group sessions for TPSID staff to share challenges and solutions related to meeting students’ needs during the pandemic. Additionally, TPSID staff engaged with other postsecondary program staff and IHE program staff in a private Facebook group for ongoing information sharing and peer-to-peer connections. This publication shares findings about the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on student courses, access to work-based learning and paid employment, and exit and post-exit outcomes.
Grigal, M., Papay, C., Wu, X. (2021). The Impact of COVID-19 on College Students with Intellectual Disability Attending Cohort 2 TPSID Programs. Think College Insight Brief, Issue No. 50. Boston, MA: University of Massachusetts Boston, Institute for Community Inclusion.