On July 18 and 19, the federally funded Transition and Postsecondary Education Programs for Students with Intellectual Disability (TPSID) held their annual Project Director meeting, with over 70 TPSID directors and staff along with Think College staff gathering in Cleveland, Ohio. The meeting was the first time that the 2020-2025 TPSID cohort was able to work together in person. Over the two days, general and concurrent sessions on TPSID data, program accreditation, state and federal policy, managing student conduct issues, applying for and operating approved comprehensive transition programs, supporting faculty, dignity of risk applied on a college campus, and much more. Presentations were provided by Think College staff and consultants as well as TPSID staff. (Click here for resources from the meeting).
We look forward to this meeting all year as a place where TPSID projects can share successes and challenges and learn from others who have had similar experiences. The National Coordinating Center staff also learn so much about what college programs need and how we can support TPSID and non-TPSID programs alike.
We are so grateful to know that the meeting was helpful to the attendees. Here are just a couple of comments show the impact of this meeting:
“Every session was a learning opportunity. Best meeting I have ever been to. The group I was with each went to a different session and their feedback was the same! Thank you for all your work!”
“Information presented was current and relevant. The sessions on legislation and VR were wonderful! They both got to the heart of timely matters that are frequently daunting in complexity and process(es). Enjoyed hearing how diverse and creative the programs are, especially those seeking accreditation or those re-imagining the definition of what TPSIDs may encompass.”
Finally, we want to shout out to AHEAD, the Association on Higher Education and Disability, with whom we partner to host this event. We have benefited from this partnership for 12 years and look forward to continuing this relationship for upcoming meetings.