College-based Transition Services Affinity Group

College-based Transition Services Affinity Group Logo


Maria Paiewonsky.

Maria Paiewonsky, Ed.D.
Program Manager/Transition Specialist for Think College

Woman with short gray hair sitting in legislative room

Mary Hauff
Parent Advocate, Co-Leader of the Minnesota Inclusive Higher Education Consortium

Woman smiling with long brown hair and brown eyes

Ashley Luce
Program Coordinator, Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (MAICEI)


Sign up to receive email updates for one or more Affinity Groups.

Sign Up Now!

Welcome to the Think College ‘College-based Transition Services’ Affinity Group.

The purpose of this affinity group is to support members whose work involves supporting transition-aged students with intellectual or developmental disabilities who are or who would like to include college in their transition services. The group will be guided by members’ priority topics which will be determined through a survey and group check-ins at the online meetings.

Through this affinity group, we anticipate that members will:

  • Have a professional community where they can share successes but also get help addressing challenges related to college-based transition services (CBTS).
  • Review administrative as well as training and technical assistance materials that are available and often customized for CBTS.
  • Establish professional connections with others who are expanding this model of transition services.

Meeting Schedule

Meeting Links

Zoom link for all meetings

Rolling agenda and meeting notes

Upcoming Meeting Dates

June 9, 2022, 2-3pm ET
Topic: How state agencies can financially support students via VR, DD or IDEA funds


Notes from all meetings are available here

Student Selection and Preparation for College
Date: April 14, 2022
Summary: This meeting focused on student recruitment and onboarding strategies as they relate to college-based transition services. The group reviewed a recruitment study from Texas that specifically looked at what efforts public institutes of higher education in Texas are making to recruit students with ID.

Resource Links
Slides from April 2022 Meeting

Report on the Recruitment of Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at Public Institutions of Higher Education in Texas

Panel of School Partners Involved in College-Based Transition Services
Date: February 10, 2022
Summary: This meeting focused on the perspectives of three transition specialists in MA who have been school partners with local colleges to provide college-based transition services to students with ID. Panelists shared what they have experienced as positives of this model of services, as well as some ongoing issues they address.

Additional past meeting dates 

  • December 9, 2021
  • October 14, 2021
  • April 11, 2021
  • February 11, 2021
  • November 12, 2020
  • Wednesday, June 24, 2020
  • April 29, 2020
  • February 26, 2020
  • December 18, 2019
  • September 26, 2019