State alliances consist of partners in the inclusive higher education landscape within a state. At a minimum, an alliance can be a group of representatives from IPSE programs. They can also include representatives from key state agencies (e.g., vocational rehabilitation, developmental disability, department of education), organizations, parents, alumni, and students.
There can be many rewards from the work of state alliances, including state funding in the form of program support and/or student scholarships, or policy support for IPSE programs by vocational rehabilitation. State alliances also lead to more opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and an infrastructure to support the development of new IPSE programs.
- University Centers of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs)
- Developmental Disability Councils/Governor’s Councils: These bring together a variety of groups, organizations, and agencies to address the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) and their families. They can also lobby the legislature.
- Protection and Advocacy Organizations
- State departments of education
- Vocational rehabilitation agencies
- State developmental disability agencies
- State Assistive Technology Act programs
- Parent organizations, such as Parent Information and Training Centers
- Alumni from IPSE programs
- Representatives from institutions of higher education/colleges and universities, both those with IPSE programs and those who are interested in starting a program
- Choose a coordinator/backbone organization
- Invite others to join and identify some leaders (the leadership team)
- Create a common vision for your state or region
- Host quarterly or semi-annual meetings of the leadership team
- Provide technical assistance to others
- Host a statewide meeting with all constituents
- Use an email mailing list or project management software to communicate and consider a method for regular, collaborative work (e.g., Teamwork, Microsoft Teams, Slack, MailChimp, Constant Contact)
- Create a social media presence
- Create a website
Contact Susanna Miller-Raines, Regional and State Alliance Manager for training and technical assistance.