Technical Assistance

Think College provides technical assistance services related to postsecondary education options for students with intellectual disabilities (ID) to college and program staff, K-12 educators, families, students and others. At this time, most services are available at no cost.

Send us a question or request.  We have consultants with expertise in inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) for students with intellectual disability who are available to assist professionals, families and students on a wide range of issues related to inclusive postsecondary education. Email our Help Desk and we will assign the provider with the best level of expertise related to your questions. If you want to speak to a specific provider from the list below, please let us know in your request.


Our Technical Assistance Providers 

Cate Weir, MEd

Focus areas: Program development and improvement, finding the right college, Comprehensive Transition Program application, program accreditation standards, funding options, strategic planning 

Kathleen Becht, PhD

Focus areas: Program development and improvement, credential development, family support, literacy, academic access, state level coordination

Meg Grigal, PhD

Focus areas: National policy, program development, research, employment supports and outcomes

Debra Hart

Debra Hart, MS

Focus areas: National policy, strategic planning, program development, grant writing

Clare Papay, PhD

Focus areas: Comprehensive Transition Program applications, program development, research and data collection

Danie Roberts-Dahm, PhD

Focus areas: Program development and improvement, credential development, campus living, person centered planning

Susanna Miller-Raines, MSW

Focus areas: State and regional alliance development, state policy and legislative advocacy, state partnerships

Chelsea Stinnett, PhD

Focus areas: Program administration and development, residence life, student supports, employment, faculty support, person-centered planning, sexuality/intimacy training

Mindy Lingo, PhD

Focus areas: Program administration and development, CTP applications, residence life supports, student supports, faculty support, parent/family agreements

Shelby Bates

Shelby Bates, MSW

Focus areas: College search, family and student engagement, state alliances, legislative advocacy and needs assessments

Maria Paiewonsky, EdD

Focus areas: College-based transition services (CBTS), college/school district partnerships, transition, Participatory Action Research

Ashley Luce, MA

Focus areas: College-based transition services (CBTS), student Conduct/Title IX, student support, employment development, faculty supports, family support, collaborating with disability services offices

Irina Cain, PhD

Focus areas: Transition planning, student supports and modifications, person-centered planning, faculty supports and UDL training

Lori Cooney, MEd

Focus areas: Universal Design for Learning, technology supports

Russell Thelin, MS, LVRC, CRC

Focus areas: Vocational rehabilitation, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Neil McNeil, MA

Focus areas: Rehabilitation Counseling

Kelly Kelley, PhD
Western Carolina University

Focus areas: Program development and improvement, campus living, college academic access, peer mentors, admissions processes

Denise Rozell, JD
Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Focus areas: State and Federal policy and legislation, advocacy

Brian Freedman, PhD
Nemours Children's Health

Focus areas: Program development, sustainability, mental health, family engagement, autism, campus access, admissions processes

Julie Lackey

Focus areas: Grassroots efforts/non-profit development, early stage program development activities (needs assessment, developing relationships, etc), memoranda of understanding, program operations funding, statewide collaboration, family support

Lisa Pluff, MA
Director, Office of Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Education, UNC Greensboro

Focus areas: Partnerships with non-profits, Medicaid funding, IHE approved credentials, program operations